The Keys Second-to-Last Homestand Starts Tonight!

Good Afternoon Keys Fans!

It’s the second-to-last homestand of the year, and it should be a ton of fun. One of the wildest promotions of the year comes to the Grove on Saturday night, while on the field the Keys try and stay in the hunt for a CL North playoff spot.

In case you missed it, some notes from the last three days on the road:

-The big news item that everyone was wondering about: Dylan Bundy has been placed on the Keys disabled list with a right latisimus strain. As a result, he did not make his scheduled start on Wednesday against Wilmington.

-Parker Bridwell tossed the second complete game of his career, and the second by a Frederick pitcher this season (Brady Wager tossed a five-inning complete game earlier this year). It marked the first time Bridwell had gone the distance since July 21, 2012. Although he gave up only three hits, Wilmington lefty Sean Manaea was even better, giving up just two knocks in a complete-game shutout

-Frederick dropped both ends of a doubleheader via shutout on Wednesday, the first time the club had been shutout in back-to-back games since  June 13-14 of last season, when the Potomac Nationals blanked the Keys in back-to-back nights. The second game ended in bizarre fashion, as the Blue Rocks won on a strikeout wild pitch. During tonight’s pregame show on 1450 AM The Source, Keys hitting coach Torre Tyson will talk about where it ranks on his list of strange endings (pregame coverage starts at 6:45).

-Frederick native Branden Kline became the first Keys pitcher to reach eight wins. He worked 5.1 innings last night, giving up one run on six hits.

-Johnny Ruettiger ended an 0-for-14 slump on Thursday thanks to a two-run single in the fourth. That was the big blow in the Keys three-run inning, where everyone came to bat. Ruettiger also knocked a homer later in the game, his first of the season (taking into account his time with (Double-A Bowie and Frederick)

-Tucker Nathans tallied his third three-hit game of the year on Thursday. Going 3-for-4, the former Fairfield star also ended with a double and a run scored

This next series is HUGE, as Lynchburg and Potomac both lost last night (the Nationals dropped both ends of a doubleheader to Salem). Frederick has only three games left against the Hillcats this year. Currently the Keys are 5.5 games behind Lynchburg and Potomac who are tied for first in the CL North second-half standings.

So plenty at stake, but the Keys are not the only show at the Grove this weekend. There are a number of terrific promotions on the docket starting tonight!

We’ll kick things off with Going Green Night! The first 1,000 fans through the gates will receive a Keys Reusable bag presented by TransIT and Francis Scott Key Mall. Gates open at 6 p.m. First pitch is at 7, while afterwards there will be fireworks presented by FSK Mall and TransIT.

One last note for tonight, anyone who brings a donation for Goodwill will receive a ticket voucher for the game. So if you’ve got something lying around the house you want to get rid of bring it! And get a free ticket to the game.

Personally, Saturday is one of my favorite days of the year as these guys will be making an appearance:

That’s a piece done by ESPN on one of the wildest attractions that you will ever see: The Cowboy Monkey rodeo!

It’s a little hard to describe, but here goes: Monkeys dressed as cowboys, riding dogs like they were horses, all the while herding sheep.

In other words it is something you need to see to be able to believe. Tim “Wild Thang” Lepard as at the helm of Team Ghostriders so don’t miss out! First pitch is at 6 p.m, while afterwards there will be fireworks courtesy Precision Heating and Cooling

Team Ghostriders

One more fun fact about the Cowboy Monkey Rodeo: The owner, Tim Lepard comes from the same hometown as Keys pitcher Lex Rutledge-Tupelo, Mississippi

Lex Rutledge

On Sunday we close things out with Meet the Team, so if you have longed for the chance to meet your favorite Key? Come on out! The meet and greet starts one hour before game time (2 p.m.). It’s all part of Sunday Funday, presented by Heartfields of Frederick. It’s also summer reading day presented by Nymeo.

Before departing one last note: Keys catcher Steel Russell has been nominated for Moniker Madness! This contests takes place every year and highlights the best names in all of minor league baseball. So give Steel a vote by visiting  here. Currently, Russell is in fourth place! He trails only Nik Nowottnick, Brooks Pounders and….Jose Jose….No misprints folks. Voting concludes on August, 28!

Hope to see you at the Grove over the next few days!

Shake your keys!



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