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Have Yourself A Merry Little (July) Christmas Night

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Photo Courtesy of Eric Bickel

The Keys pulled off a 2-1 win over the Salem Red Sox after Frederick was no-hit the night before.  Zach Davies, who started and pitched five innings for Frederick, gave up just one run on three hits and struck out seven batters.  Sammie Starr, who has been in a slump lately batting just .169 in the second half of the season, came up big in the eighth inning last night with an RBI single to put the Keys ahead 2-1.  He also had multiple great defensive plays last night as well.

*Check out the Keys game story on our website here. You can also check out the Frederick News-Post’s article here as well.

With two games in the scorebooks and two games to play in this series, the Keys are hoping to take this four-game set away from Salem who is 15-12 in the second half of the season.

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Ryan Minor’s lineup for tonight’s 7pm game

Jason Esposito will be batting in the seventh spot tonight on his 23rd birthday. He has been consistent in July batting .319 playing both corners of the infield.

Zach Clark will start tonight for the Keys.  He is currently 0-1 in the Carolina League this season with a 21.60 ERA. He is hoping to find a little more success than  his first start with Frederick this season in which he gave up eight runs in just a little of three innings.

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

*Speaking of Keys pitchers, Matt Hobgood, recently promoted from Class-A Delmarva, sat down with our broadcaster Tim Murray.

*In other news, Keys lefty pitcher, Trent Howard, was promoted to Double-A Bowie today.

*Michael Ohlman is getting a little bit of love from Fangraphs. In their most recent article, Ohlman was called one for their “Five Sleeper Catching Prospects” around professional baseball. You can check it out here.

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Photo Courtesy of Eric Bickel

*Tonight is Christmas Night In July here at Harry Grove Stadium and it is safe to say that the interns are really in the Christmas spirit.

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*Jeff Kurkjian, an intern here at Harry Grove Stadium, also interns with The Sports Junkies in the mornings on 106.7 The Fan. One of the Junkies, Eric Bickel, visited yesterday’s  game to take photos and was fascinated by the minor league atmosphere. Jeff was brought into the show to talk about the Frederick Keys baseball team.

*To check out all of Bickel’s photos from yesterday, use the link below! You can also follow him Twitter @EBJunkies and be sure to listen to The Sports Junkies on 106.7 FM Monday through Friday from 6am-10am.

Keys No-Hit At Home

The Keys hosted the Salem Red Sox for the first game of a four game series.  Sadly, it was not exactly the start they were looking for.

The Sox held the Keys to no hits and no runs in all nine innings. In fact, Frederick had seven base runners during the game off of three errors and five walks.  This is the first time that Frederick has been no-hit since August 7, 2002.

*Check out Greg Swatek’s game story on The Frederick News-Post website. You can also check out our game story here.

*The Keys have been off to a rough start here in the second half of the season. They are currently 10-15 and have lost  seven of their last ten.

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Ryan Minor’s lineup at this afternoon’s game

Johnny Ruttiger, who usually leads off for the Keys, has batted just twice in the second spot of the lineup this season and is batting one-for-two.  Michael Ohlman, the Keys hottest hitter, is batting.304 in 92 bats batting third this season.  He has been nothing but consistent batting .398 in the second half of the season with seven homers and 23 RBIs.

Zach Davies is 2-0 with a 2.19 ERA vs. Wilmington this year.

Zach Davies will start tonight against the Salem Red Sox.

Zach Davies will get the call tonight for the Keys.  He is currently 5-3 with a 3.35 ERA in 17 starts. He is just 1-0 in the second half of the season in four starts.  He will be facing off against Salem’s Miguel Pena who is 4-4 this season with a 5.57 ERA.

*We got a little bit of love from the MiLB today. They really love Keyote!

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

*It is Camp Day here at the ballpark. The near-one-hundred degree weather will not stop us here.  Out staffers are fully prepared with super-soakers so be ready.

*Sgt. Slaughter visited Harry Grove Stadium last month and had a great night. He discusses his time at the stadium with Bill Apter, father of our very own Promotions Manager, Brandon Apter.

Keys Win Big Against Mudcats

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Photo Courtesy of Sam Yu

A six-run first inning lead the Keys to a 12-2 victory over the Carolina Mudcats last night. Allan de San Miguel went 2-for-4 with four RBI’s including a two-run bomb to left field in the bottom of the eighth.

*Thanks to Reggie (@gopherballs) for this awesome shot of De San Miguel’s home run.

Second baseman, Jerome Pena, finished the game with three hits, two runs scored and two RBIs.  Tim Berry gave up just one run and six hits in five innings pitched and left the game with an 8-1 lead.

*Miss last night’s action? Check out last night’s game story on our website here.  Also, check out Greg Swatek’s game story on the Frederick News-Post here.

*Keys Manager, Ryan Minor, discusses Christian Walker’s recent success and promotion to Double-A Bowie with our very own Tim Murray.

*Matt Hobgood has been moved up to Frederick from Class-A Delmarva. The former Shorebirds pitcher is 7-2 as a reliever this season in 23 game appearances with a 3.64 ERA.

The Keys have the day off today to sit back and enjoy tonight’s MLB All-Star Game.  Frederick takes on Salem in a four game series at home starting tomorrow night at 7pm.

Keys Hope To Split Series Tonight

The Keys have now dropped two straight to the Carolina Mudcats here at Harry Grove Stadium but are hoping to split the series with a win tonight at 7pm.

Last night, Julio Rodriguez took to the mound for his third start of the season with Frederick and gave up four runs and five hits in five innings pitched. The Keys just fell short to Carolina, 5-3. Michael Ohlman hit his eleventh home run of the season in the eighth inning.

*Ohlman is batting .383 with seven home runs and 23 RBIs in the second half of the season.

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Ryan Minor’s lineup for tonight’s game.

*Glynn Davis will be batting in place of Johnny Ruettiger, who has been hitting leadoff for the past couple weeks for the Keys. Davis is batting just .197 in 19 games in the leadoff spot this season.  Also, Nicky Delmonico makes his first start at first base this season.

Another guy to look out for is Tucker Nathans, batting in fifth spot tonight for the second straight night. Nathans is batting . 571 (8-14) in the last five games.

Tim Berry makes the start for the Keys tonight.

Tim Berry will start for the Keys tonight.

Tim Berry will take the mound tonight against the Mudcats. Berry is 7-5 this season with a 4.09 ERA however, in the second half of the season, Berry is 3-1 in four starts with a 2.84 ERA.

*For everything you need to know about tonight’s game against the Mudcats, check out the game notes below!

*In other exciting Keys news, first baseman, Christian Walker has been promoted to Double-A Bowie after the All-Star Futures game at Citi Field.

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Photo Courtesy of The Baltimore Orioles

*Keys pitcher, Zach Petersime, sat down with our intern, Jeff Kurkjian, before yesterday’s game to talk about his experiences in Frederick and the transition from starter to reliever.

*The Frederick Keys are all about helping out the local community and are always looking for new ways to give back. Earlier today, second baseman Jerome Pena and catcher Michael Ohlman went out to Poolesville, MD to hang out with some other ball players at the Stevens Park Summer Rec Program.

Keys catcher Allan de San Miguel visited Frederick’s Seed of Life Nurseries today as well to talk to the kids about eating healthy.

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Photos Courtesy of Ashley Dickson

*We have about 200 hundred full-time and game-day staffers here at Harry Grove Stadium, so it is safe to say that running a professional ball club is somewhat of a big production.  Despite the sheer number of staffers, there is only one Robbie.  The Frederick News-Post sat down with part-time staff member, Robbie Shaffer, his family and other staff members of the Keys to discuss how much of an influence just one teenager has on the entire ball club. You can read Stan Goldberg’s entire article here.

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Robbie Shaffer with his dad and Assistant General Manager of The Frederick Keys, Adam Pohl
Photo Courtesy of The Frederick News-Post

“It means a lot because I love sports and I love being around people,” Robbie said of his job. “It has helped my self-esteem.”

*Congratulations to last night’s Twit Pic winner of the game, Nick Dabruzzo!

Mudcats In Frederick For Sunday Funday

Last night’s game is a tough one to talk about  for the more than 8,000 Keys fans at Harry Grove Stadium.  The Carolina Mudcats beat the Keys last night 11-1.

Glynn Davis scored the only Keys run in the bottom of the ninth inning off of a RBI single by Delvi Cid. In his first game back at the Grove after being transferred from Double-A Bowie, Cid went 2-for-2 with two singles, one RBI and a stolen base.

*If you missed last night’s game, check out the Frederick News-Post’s  game story here.

Julio Rodriguez will start tonight for Frederick. In his last start with Frederick, he walked six batters and allowed four runs on one hit, a homer, in just two innings in his last start before he was pulled from the game at Wilmington.

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Tucker Nathans is the man to look out for tonight batting in the five spot tonight.  He went 2-for-4 last night with a double. In five games with Frederick this season, he is batting .389 with two doubles, a RBI and a stolen base. Nathans went undrafted out of Fairfield but was signed in 2013 by the Orioles after two years of independent ball.

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Tucker Nathans with the Shorebirds.

*For all of the information you need to know about tonight’s game, check out the game notes below!

*The Baltimore Orioles organization sent three players to the All-Star Futures game including current Frederick Keys first baseman, Christian Walker.

The U.S. team defeated the World team 4-2. Walker did not start, however he finished the game 0-for-2 with a pop out and a strikeout.  In his first at-bat, he faced former Keys pitcher, Eduardo Rodriguez, who is currently pitching for Double-A Bowie.

*Last night’s starter, Trent Howard, sat down with Keys broadcaster, Tim Murray, before yesterday’s game.

*Check out our newest blog poll below.

It’s A Bird, It’s A Plane, No, It’s Superhero Night!

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Frank Key is ready for Superhero Night, are you?

You Kent ask for a better finish than last night’s game against the Mudcats. Trust me, we aren’t Jokering! The Keys ended up Robin the win from Carolina with a walk-off sacrifice fly from Christian Walker in the bottom of the ninth inning. The Keys scored the only run of the game and finished on top, 1-0.

*Christian Walker hopped on a train this morning to head to Citi Field, home of the New York Mets, for the All-Star Futures Game on Sunday. Walker spoke with Frederick News-Post’s writer, Greg Swatek after last night’s walk-off win.

“I am looking forward to everything, just being in the atmosphere of being in a big league park and all those guys. They are great players. They are there for a reason. It should be a good experience.”

*Click here to read Swatek’s entire story on the Frederick News-Post’s website.

*Former Keys starter, Eduardo Rodriguez, will join Walker in representing the Baltimore Orioles Organization along with Henry Urrutia.

Trent Howard pitched five great innings giving up just one hit and no runs. He struck out five in his best start of the season, however, he did not factor into the decision. Miguel Chalas and Gene Escat pitched a combined four scoreless inning and only gave up three hits. Escat was credited with the win.

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Ryan Minor’s lineup for tonights game against Carolina

Keep your X-Ray vision on Michael Ohlman in tonight’s game. He is batting .364 with four homers and nine RBIs in the month of July.  Tucker Nathans has been flying under the radar since he came up from Delmarva last week.  In four games, Nathans is batting .357 with a double, an RBI and a stolen base.

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Zach Clark, who was just transferred from Double-A Bowie, will start tonight for the Keys. He is currently 1-4 with the Baysox in five starts this season.

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

*Speaking of Keys pitchers, Zach Davies sat down with Keys broadcaster Tim Murray before yesterday’s game.

*Dust off your spandex tights and tighty whities and head over to Harry Grove Stadium tonight for Superhero Night!!

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*It is also Dylan Bundy Bobblehead giveaway night and the line has already started forming in front of the stadium for gates to open at 5pm for our 6pm game!

For more information, you can check out our other blog post about the bobble head giveaway

Four Games At The Grove

The Keys return to Harry Grove Stadium after a seven game road trip against Lynchburg and Wilmington.  Frederick took two-of-three from the Lynchburg Hillcats however the Blue Rocks of Wilmington took three games of the four game set.

Trent Howard starts this morning for the Keys, looking to stop their three-game losing streak.

Trent Howard to start at tonight’s 7pm game.

*The Keys face the Carolina Mudcats in a four game series starting tonight with Trent Howard on the mound.  The seventh round pick in 2011 out of Central Michigan University has started only six games this season but has worked mostly out of the bullpen. Howard is 3-0 as a reliever with a 0.62 ERA in 13 appearances.  He has yet to factor into a decision as a started in six games.

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*For all of the information about tonight’s game, check out our game notes below!

*Christian Walker is the man to watch in tonight’s game. He was the Carolina League’s Player of The Week and was invited to play in the All-Star Futures Game on Sunday, July 14 with teammates Eduardo Rodriguez and Henry Urrutia in representing the Orioles’ organization. Walker sat down with Adam Pohl last week to discuss his recent success.

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“I has to be the greatest honor in my baseball career up until now. I couldn’t be more happy.”

Walker sat down with Adam Pohl last week to discuss his recent success.

*We would like to wish a VERY happy birthday to two of our very own Frederick Keys, Jesse Beal turning 23 and Nicky Delmonico will be celebrating his 21st here at Harry Grove Stadium!

*Former Key, Aaron Baker jacked up two three-run homers for Double-A Bowie last night in their 10-1 win over Richmond. Check out the video link below.

*Over the long road trip, Delvi Cid was transferred from Double-A Bowie. Outfielder Tucker Nathans and lefty Ashur Tolliver were brought up from Class-A Delmarva.  Luc Rennie and Anthony Caronia were both sent down to Delmarva and David Walters was released.

On The Road Report: Keys Take Two Of Three In Lynchburg

After a winning just two of six games at home against Winston-Salem and Wilmington this past week, the Frederick Keys took to the road to play three games against the last place Lynchburg Hillcats.

On July 4 in Lynchburg, Brady Wager got his first win of the season. He gave up seven hits and three runs in seven innings pitched in his best outing of the season. Zach Fowler then came in to pitch two scoreless innings leaving the Keys on top, 8-3.

Christian Walker had a big game going three-for-five with three doubles and three runs scored.  Michael Ohlman hit a three-run homer in the third inning putting the Keys ahead 4-1. Ohlman is batting .424 in the second half of the season with six doubles, five home runs and 19 RBIs.  He also has back-to-back Carolina League Player of the Week Awards under his belt.

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Photo Credit: Tim Jacobsen

*Check out the July 4 game story on FrederickKeys.com right here.

The Keys pulled off another 8-3 win the following day with Zach Davies on the mound. Davies left the game in the seventh inning after giving up just three runs and seven hits with four strikeouts (identical to Wager’s start yesterday in those four categories).  Miguel Chalas came in to pitch two scoreless innings for Frederick.

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Davies picked up his fifth win of the season and his first since May 25.

Christian Walker had another great game going three-for-five with two doubles and a solo homer in the first inning to put the Keys up 2-0. In the month of July, Walker is batting .375 with five doubles and two homers.

*Want to read the full game story from the Keys July 5 game? Check it out right here.

In game three against the Hillcats, Luc Rennie got the start for Frederick. Rennie gave up four earned runs in 4+ innings pitched in his first start in the Carolina League on June 30. His July 6 outing was sadly not much different. Rennie gave up six hits, five runs (four earned) in only five innings pitched.

Hillcats starter, Greg Ross, held the Keys to just two hits and no runs in the six innings pitched.  The Keys ended up losing 8-4.

Christian Walker came up big with a three run home off of reliever, Ronan Pacheco. Walker ended the game with just that one eighth inning homer.

*Walker will join former teammate, Eduardo Rodriguez and Henry Urrutia in representing the Orioles’ organization in the All-Star Futures Game on Sunday, July 14.

*In Orioles news, former Key, Manny Machado, was just selected as an American League All-Star. Machado is currently hitting .314 with a league-leading 29 doubles.

Independence Day Baseball and Fireworks

The Frederick Keys have been everything but successful since the start of the second half of the season. After losing the first of a three game set in extra innings to the Wilmington Blue Rocks, the Keys surrendered 13 hits and eight runs in an 8-3 loss to the Rocks last night.  The Keys had seven hits of their own, none of which were more than a single.

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Patriotic Hat Auction tonight to benefit Frederick Keys Care Foundation. They are also on sale at the stadium store.

Now in danger of losing four straight at home, the Keys need to pull together a successful outing tonight against Wilmington. Jason Esposito has strung together six hits in nine at-bats in the last two games including an RBI in last night’s game. Greg Swatek of the Frederick News-Post sat down with him after the game.

“(Last season) was a good learning experience. It was a tougher transition from college than I imagined. It was frustrating because I expected more of myself. But I’ve been trying to learn and stay involved in the game and wait for my opportunity.”

Although the Keys only scored three runs, Brenden Webb came up in the clutch with two outs in the sixth inning to bring the game within two runs.

*If you missed the game last night, check out the Frederick Keys game story here. You can also check out Greg Swatek’s story from the Frederick News-Post here.

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*Tim Berry will get the start tonight for Frederick. He is 6-4 this season with a 3.95 ERA. Since the All-Star break, Berry has won both games he started. He pitched 12.1 innings in those two starts and gave up just three runs and eleven hits.

Ryan Minor’s lineup for tonight’s game:

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Two-time Carolina League Player of the Week, Michael Ohlman, is batting in the three spot against the Rocks tonight. Despite going one-for-four in last night’s game, he is batting .467 with three home runs and 14 RBIs in the second half of the season.

*For all of the information you need to know about tonight’s game, check out the game notes below.

*Keys reliever, Jesse Beal, pitched 2.2 innings scoreless innings last night and has been one of Frederick’s go-to guys in the bullpen this season. Tim Murray sat down with Beal before last night’s game.

*Eduardo Rodriguez made his first start for Double-A Bowie last night. He pitched five innings and gave up five runs on seven hits and struck out five batters.  The Baysox pulled off a win last night, 10-6, Rodriguez did not factor in the decision.

*Patriotic Hat Auction is tonight to benefit Frederick Keys Care Foundation. Also, A Taste of History Civil War Beer Tasting Event in the Courtyard with Brewer’s Alley and the Civil War Medicine Museum. Gates open at 5pm, game starts at 6pm. Fireworks sponsored by Mattress Warehouse will happen after the game!

A New Rodriguez To Start For Keys

Last night’s eleven inning battle sadly ended in a loss for the Frederick Keys. The Wilmington Blue Rocks scored two runs in the top of the eleventh inning and won the game shortly after 7-5.

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Jason Esposito had three singles last night. He is batting sixth in tonight’s lineup.

*The Keys mounted a comeback in the eighth inning to eventually send it into extras. Jason Esposito had three singles last night along side this RBI.

Michael Ohlman finished last night’s game four-for-four, just a triple shy of the cycle. He drove in two runs and walked once. He is batting .488 (20-41) in the second half of the season with six doubles, three home runs and 14 RBIs.

*Keys manager, Ryan Minor talked about his player’s improvement throughout the season with Tim Murray before yesterday’s game.

“[Ohlman] is taking more of a mental approach on it instead of just going out and playing. He studies the pitchers and he understands what they are trying to do to him.”

If you missed last night’s game, check out Adam Vencill’s story in The Frederick News-Post here. You can also check out our game story from the Frederick Keys website here.

*Tonight the Keys take on the Blue Rocks in game two of this three game series at Harry Grove Stadium. Julio Rodriguez will get the start for the Keys tonight.

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Rodriguez was transferred from Double-A Bowie to Frederick today after just one start for the Baysox. He pitched 2.2 innings, gave up six runs, walk seven batters and threw three wild pitches in his Eastern League Debut.  He started twice in the Gulf Coast League pitching a total of nine innings and only gave up eight hits and five runs.

For all of the information you need to know about tonight’s game, check out our game notes!

*The Baltimore Orioles are looking to add a little more beef to their starting rotation and did just that with their trade with the Chicago Cubs. The O’s traded reliever Pedro Strop, starter Jake Arrieta and international bonus slots Nos. 3 and 4 to the Cubs for Scott Feldman.  Feldman, age 30, is currently 7-6 with a 3.46 ERA in 15 starts with Chicago.   Baltimore also acquired catcher, Steve Clevenger in the deal.

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Photo Courtesy of 40yearrangerfan.mlblogs.com.

*Former Keys pitcher, Eddie Gamboa, was named Eastern League Pitcher of the Week. He threw a seven inning no-hitter on Sunday for the Bowie Baysox.

*In other Baysox news, former Keys pitcher, Eduardo Rodriguez, will get his first start in Double-A baseball tonight at 7:05.  Rodriguez was promoted to Bowie on June 28 of this year. Before getting moved up, he was 6-4 with a 2.85 ERA in 14 starts with Frederick.

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