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Wilmington Comes To The Grove

The Frederick Keys just finished out a three game series against the Winston-Salem Dash after an 8-2 loss last night. The Dash took two of three from the Keys this past weekend.

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

Trent Howard starts tonight for the Keys against the Wilmington Blue Rocks.

Tonight the Keys welcome the Wilmington Blue Rocks for the first of a three game series but before we get into tonight’s matchup, let’s talk about last night’s game.

*Despite a lack of offensive production, Nicky Delmonico hit his thirteenth home run off of Winston-Salem’s started, Christopher Beck, in the bottom of the sixth inning.

*Luc Rennie started last night’s game for the Keys after being called up from short-season-A-Aberdeen just two games prior to the game. The 19-year old righty gave up four runs (three earned) in four innings pitched. After last night’s loss, Rennie is now 1-1 with a 4.26 ERA.

*If you missed the game last night, be sure to check out the game story on our website, FrederickKeys.com. You can also check out The Frederick News-Post’s story here.

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*Despite going 0-for-4 in last night’s game, Keys catcher Michael Ohlman was awarded Player of the Week honors for the second straight week. During the week of June 24-30, he batted .407 with five doubles, a three-run walk-off home run, eight RBIs and three runs scored. To read more about Ohlman’s accomplishments, click here for The Frederick Keys story or click here for his statistics.

Ohlman sat down with Tim Murray before yesterday’s game against the Dash to talk about his recent success in the Carolina League.

*Trent Howard will start tonight for the Keys. This will be his sixth start this season but has yet to factor into the decision. He has appeared as a reliever in 12 games this season going 3-0 with a 0.69 ERA.  In his last start, he gave up one run in three innings pitched.

Ryan Minor’s Lineup for tonight’s 7pm game.

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*For all of the information you need for tonight’s game, check out the game notes!

In the big inning…

The conclusion of last night’s game was nothing short of incredible. Despite Ryan Minor and Jerome Pena’s ejections in the top of the ninth inning, the Keys rallied and scored five runs in the bottom of the ninth inning. The real hero, Michael Ohlman.

Ohlman finished the game three-for-four with a double, a home run and four RBIs. The Keys catcher has been tearing it up in June batting .372 (32-86) with five homers and 17 RBIs. Ever since the All Star break, he has been batting .484 (16-33).

*To read Adam Vencill’s full game story from the Frederick News-Post, click here! Vencill talked with Ohlman about his game ending homer after the win last night.

“I don’t know what else they could come up with. They threw the kitchen sink at me, but I’ll take it and enjoy the moment.”

*Listen here for a compilation of all of the runs scored in last night’s game below.

The Keys beat the Winston-Salem Dash in the second game of the series last night, 9-7. In tonight’s rubber match, Frederick is hoping improve to .500 in the first half of the season. They are currently 4-5 and in third place in the Carolina League Northern division. Gates are open now for our six o’clock start time.

Luc-Rennie-Profile

Luc Rennie will start for the Keys in tonight’s game. This 19-year old, originally from San Diego, California, was drafted in the 19th round in last year’s MLB draft and is the youngest player to play for the Keys this season. He was pulled up from short-season-A-Aberdeen just two days ago.

*Ryan Minor’s lineup for tonight’s game:

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

*Tonight is Faith Night at Harry Grove Stadium. Prior to the game at around three o’clock, Electric City and The Water Boys will be performing on the field.  Don’t forget, every Sunday here at the Grove is Sunday Funday. Come out and play catch in the outfield and get autographs from your favorite Frederick Keys players.

*Former Frederick Key, Eddie Gamboa just threw a no-hitter for the Bowie Baysox. In 2009, Gamboa pitched 14 games for the Keys and finished the season with four wins and no losses.

*Speaking of Double-A baseball, Keys outfielder, Delvi Cid, was just moved up to Bowie this morning. The Orioles also acquired Eric Thames from the Mariners farm system. In three seasons in AAA (two with Las Vegas and one with Tacoma), Thames batted .325 with 20 home runs and 110 RBIs.

Disney Day At The Park

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Tonight is Disney Night at Harry Grove Stadium as the Frederick Keys take on the Winston-Salem Dash in the second game of this three game series. Gates open at five for tonight’s six o’clock game. But before we wish upon a star, let’s talk about last night’s game.

*Brady Wager had his best start of the season for the Keys last night at the Grove. He pitched six innings, gave up seven hits and just three runs however the Keys offense could not capitalize. The Keys fell to the Dash 3-2 for their fifth loss of the second half of the season.

Michael Ohlman reached base on all four plate appearances last night.  He ended the game 2-for-2 with two doubles, two walks and a RBI.  His first inning run-scoring double:

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*Zach Davies (4-3, 3.32) will start tonight for the Keys. In six home starts this season, Davies has a 2.37 ERA, he’s given up just 13 runs and held batters a .230 batting average. In his last start, he pitched seven scoreless innings and only gave up three hits and struck out six batters.

Tonight’s Lineup:

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*Check out tonight’s game notes for everything you need to know about the Keys’ matchup against the Dash.

*Tim Murray sat down with Keys pitcher, Tim Berry, before yesterday’s game to talk about his success this season. The two go in depth about Berry’s seven inning, 17 strikeout game.

*Former Keys starter, Eduardo Rodriguez was recently moved up to Bowie and also selected for the Futures game. According to Steve Melewski, the Baysox are accommodating to Rodriguez’s skills by going to a six man rotation.

*Listen to the Keys weekly radio show, The Keys Corner. This week interviews with Keys starters Tim Berry and Eduardo Rodriguez along with highlights from the last week of Keys baseball.

*Tonight is Disney and Fireworks Night here at the Grove but even more importantly, one fan will actually get to say, “I’M GOING TO DISNEY WORLD!” See you at the ball park!

Sunday Funday: Split Series, Game Three

Last night, the Keys pulled off a big win, 13-6, completely pummeling Myrtle Beach’s first three pitchers.  Frederick scored nine runs in the first three innings thanks in part to Allan de San Miguel’s and Michael Ohlman’s two-run homers.

*To read the Frederick News-Post’s game story from last night, click here.

*To read Mike Mueller’s story on Frederickkeys.com, click here.

Keys’ starter, Tim Berry, improved to 5-4 this season after only giving up two runs and six hits in six innings pitched.  The Pelicans scored four runs off of Matt Price in the top of the ninth inning, but that was not nearly enough to mount a comeback against last night’s killer Keys’ offense.

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Ryan Minor’s lineup for tonight’s game

The Keys are looking tonight to take two of three games in this series from the Pelicans. Myrtle Beach won the first game, 7-3, but after last night’s victory, the momentum is in favor of Frederick.

Brady Wager will start tonight for just his third time this season. In his first two starts, Wager faced Potomac and gave up a total of eleven runs on eight innings pitched.

*For all of the information about tonight’s game, take a look at the game notes below.

*One of our very own Keys’ staff members, Wayne Buckingham, got recognized in the Frederick News-Post today for his charisma and work ethic as the guest clubhouse attendant. His story is heart warming and provides a great look into how much he does for this ball club. You can read the story here.  Frederick’s General Manager, Dave Ziedelis, says that Buckingham has a spirit that is unmatched by anyone in the league.

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Photo Courtesy: The Frederick News-Post

“Wayne is very respected in the (Carolina) league by the visiting teams. He is very accommodating, assists the umpires and has a very good demeanor.”

*Tonight at Harry Grove Stadium is Sunday Funday, PJ Day and Meet The Team Day! That means you have the chance to play catch in the outfield before the game and the meet all your favorite Frederick Keys AND get all the autographs you want. Do not forget to bring your PJ’s to tonight’s game as well!

Let The Second Half Begin

The Carolina League season is back in the swing of things as the Frederick Keys take on the Myrtle Beach Pelicans in the first game after the All-Star break.

The Keys just fell short of .500 in the first half of the season finishing 34-35, eight games behind the first-place Potomac Nationals. The Pelicans finished on top of the Carolina League Southern division with a record of 40-29. The Keys are 3-8 against the Pelicans in the first half of the season, 2-2 when at home.

Myrtle Beach finished the season with an 11-5 record in the month of June, the Keys did just opposite finished 5-11.

The Keys will start right-hander, Zach Petersime (2-6, 6.71) in tonight’s matchup against the Pelicans at Harry Grove Stadium.  The game is set to start at 7pm.  In his last start, Petersime faced Myrtle Beach on the road and gave up ten hits and three runs in six innings.  He is 1-2 with a 4.91 ERA this season at home.

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Ryan Minor’s lineup for tonight’s game

The Keys have activated Glynn Davis from the disabled list after injuring his hamstring in late May. He will be starting tonight in centerfield and batting in the ninth spot for Frederick.  Prior to his injury, he was batting .236 with two home runs and 19 RBIs.

Though Frederick struggled at the end of the first half, a few Keys got hot just as the team headed into the all-star break. Jerome Pena went 7-for-9 in the Keys final two games with a home run and three RBIs, recording a hit in six
straight at-bats at one point. Delvi Cid hit two home runs and drove in five in Frederick’s last three games of the first half, going 6-for-12. Michael Ohlman alsowent 6-for-12 in those games, hitting a pair of solo homers

*For all of the information for tonight’s game, check out the game notes below

The Pelicans will start 22-year-old Jerad Eickhoff in tonight’s game.  In the first half of the season, Eickhoff started 13 games and compiled a 5-3 record with a 3.52 ERA.  In his last outing, he pitched seven scoreless innings and gave up only four hits against the Carolina Mudcats.

The Keys’ Eduardo Rodriguez pitched a scoreless inning at the California-Carolina League All-Star Game on Tuesday in which they came up on top 12-2. Zane Chavez joined the Carolina League for the game but did not play due to an injury to his oblique he suffered earlier this month.

*Come out to the Grove tonight for Sgt. Slaughter, Fredneck Night and Fireworks.

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Keys Baseball: Father’s Day Edition

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Eduardo Rodriguez to start for the Keys on Father’s Day

After ten innings at Harry Grove Stadium last night, the Frederick Keys could not pull off the win against the Potomac Nationals. Despite a bottom of the ninth comeback to tie the score at six, Frederick could not respond to the P-Nats four runs in the top of the tenth inning and ultimately lost 10-9 in ten innings.

Jerome Pena went 5-6 last night with a double, three runs scored and a RBI.  Delvi Cid also had a big game with three hits and two runs scored in addition to a big RBI double in the bottom of the eighth to give the Keys the lead.

*If you missed the Frederick News-Post’s coverage of last night’s game, you can read Joe Dyton’s article here. Manager Ryan Minor talked to Dyton after the game about Fredericks ability to rally back after a P-Nats run-filled inning.

“(Rallying back) is one of those things you have to do, you can’t just give in, you have to get quality at-bats and these guys have been doing that all year. We have to keep our head up and continue to work and get better.”

The Keys will face the P-Nats again today at 2 pm to finish out this five game series.  Eduardo Rodriguez will start today for Frederick in the final game before the All-Star break. He has been a rock for the Keys this season with six wins and three losses in 12 starts.  His ERA is just under three (2.99) and is 3-2 this season while at pitching at Harry Grove Stadium.

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Be sure to keep an eye out for the designated hitter, Christian Walker, who had three big RBI’s in last night’s game. Walker is batting .303 this season and will be hitting clean-up in today’s lineup.

Robbie Ray (5-2, 2.22) will be pitching for the P-Nats. He was ranked tenth amongst Washington Nationals’ prospects by MLB.com at the beginning of this season.

*You can find all the information for tonight’s game information in the games notes below.

*Be sure to come out to Harry Grove Stadium today for our Father’s Day and Sunday Funday celebration! If you purchased a Father’s Day First Pitch Package, please arrive as early as you can! Gates open at 1PM and we will get the first pitches going shortly after that. The Keys for Reading Parade will take place at 1:30.

Saturday Night Baseball, Jimmy Buffett and Luau

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Zach Davies hopes to ride the momentum from last night’s 9-4 victory over the P-Nats

There’s really is no better combination.  The Keys split yesterday’s doubleheader with the P-Nats. Frederick got shut out in the first game 4-0 but scored nine runs in the second game to beat Potomac 9-4.  Delvi Cid hit a two-run bomb over the left field wall in the bottom of the fourth inning.

The win over the P-Nats ended their four-game winning streak and stopped the Keys’ five game skid.

*In case you missed Adam Vencill’s Frederick News-Post story last night, you can read it here. Vencill had the opportunity to talk to Keys starters, Nicky Delmonico and Michael Ohlman about their rather strange post game superstitions. If one of them has a bad game, they go home and vacuum their entire house. Ohlman explains:

“I didn’t have the best day at the plate yesterday but I come back and go 1-for-2 in the second game with a home run, I’ve got the vacuum to thank for that, the Bissell.”

Zach Davies will get the start for this Keys this evening.  Davies (4-3, 3.82) is 2-0 at home this season in five games started. Third baseman, Nicky Delmonico, had two hits including a home run in last night’s so be sure to keep an eye out for him hitting in the third spot in tonight’s lineup.

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Manager Ryan Minor’s lineup for tonight’s game

Today’s starting shortstop, Sammie Starr, sat down with our Intern, Jeff Kurkjian, and talked about Frederick’s composure in the clubhouse going into the final games before the break.

Blake Schwartz will start for the Potomac Nationals. Schwartz was five wins and two losses this season in nine games started.  He was selected by the Washington Nationals in the 17th round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft out of Oklahoma City University.

You can find all the information for tonight’s game information in the games notes below.

*Be sure to come out to Harry Grove Stadium tonight for the annual Jimmy Buffett Luau Night.  We have a special menu set up for tonight’s game including pulled pork BBQ and chicken kabobs!! See you at the park.

*Former Keys player, Manny Machado, is leading the charge for the Baltimore Orioles. Read David Schoenfield’s article on ESPN.com here that explains Machado’s hitting tendencies and how he may end the season the American League double’s leader.

Extra Inning Comeback Thriller Gives Keys Momentum

Eduardo Rodriguez looks to win his sixth decision in a row tonight against  Lynchburg.

Eduardo Rodriguez looks to win his sixth decision in a row tonight against Lynchburg.

The Frederick Keys finished up on top last night, 7-6, in ten innings against the Lynchburg Hillcats last night.  Coming into the bottom of the tenth inning, the Keys were down two runs but thanks to a Nicky Delmonico solo home run and a walk-off two-run by Zane Chavez.

*Listen to Chavez’s blast:

*Read about it in the Frederick News-Post here and on FrederickKeys.com  here.

*After splitting the first two games of this four game series, the Keys call lefty Eduardo Rodriguez to the mound for the start.  Rodriguez has been a stud on the mound this season for Frederick.  He is 5-0 in six starts in the month of May with a 2.23 ERA.

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Keys’ lineup for June 6

*Keep your eyes open for Nicky Delmonico in tonight’s game batting second in the lineup.  Delmonico was just a triple shy of the cycle in last night’s game.  He went 4-5 with a double and an extra inning homer.

*Christian Walker also came up in the clutch last night with a home run of his own and finished with three big RBI’s.  Johnny Ruettiger hit his first home run of the season last night in front of a crowd of 4,205 screaming Keys fan at Harry Grove Stadium.

*Be sure to come out for tonights game at the Grove at 7pm and always remember to Shake Your Keys!!

*Some game notes:

KEYS STARTER: LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (6-2, 3.13)

  • Has won five straight decisions and five of his last six starts, pitching no fewer than six innings in each outing. Tied for the Carolina League lead in wins.
  • Rated by Baseball America as the fifth-best prospect in Orioles organization and third-best pitching prospect behind 2012 Keys Dylan Bundy & Kevin Gausman.
  • Potentially could be the first Venezuelan player signed, developed and promoted to the majors by Baltimore.
  • At age 20, Rodriguez is the youngest player on the Keys. Yesterday’s starter, Zach Davies, also 20, is the second youngest.

LAST APPEARANCE FOR RODRIGUEZ:

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HILLCATS STARTER: RHP A.J. Holland (3-4, 4.11)

  • Has lost three straight starts and failed to record an out in his last start on May 31 at Potomac. Holland threw 28 pitches, nine strikes, walked four, allowed two hits and gave up four runs.
  • He beat the Keys on April 17 for his first win of the season, striking out seven over five innings and allowing just an unearned run. On May 15, allowed two runs in six innings at home against the Keys.
  • Went 5-9 with a 4.04 ERA in 17 games, 15 starts, for Class-A Rome in 2012.
  • Was drafted in the 16th round by Atlanta in the 2011 draft out of St. Joseph’s, where he split time as a starter and a reliever.

KEYNOTES:

TRENDING IN OPPOSITE DIRECTIONS: Keys starter Eduardo Rodriguez is hot, Hillcats starter A.J. Holland is not. Rodriguez started six games in in May and went 5-0 with a 2.23 ERA, holding runners to a .208 batting average against him and inducing seven double plays. Holland, on the other hand, didn’t record an out in his last start and saw his ERA rise from 3.00 to 4.11 in eleven days.

POWER SURGE: In the last 17 days, the Keys have hit 19 homers, including four last night, and have homered in four straight games. The only games in which Frederick failed to round the bases during that 16-game stretch were the second half of a doubleheader at Salem on May 28 and at Wilmington on May 31. The Keys are 10-6 in their last sixteen games, during which Jerome Pena, Nicky Delmonico and Brenden Webb have all gone deep four times.

HAMPERING HEFFLINGER: Hillcats outfielder Robby Hefflinger has had his way with most Carolina League pitching, but not so much when he faces the Keys. He’s 2-for-7 with a double this series and the Carolina League home run leader is batting just .214 (6-28) with a homer and two RBIs in six games against Frederick this season. He’s batting .313 with 15 homers and 37 RBIs against everyone else.

Keys Look For Rematch After Close Game

The Frederick Keys fell to the Lynchburg Hillcats 3-2 last night at the Grove.  Zach Petersime pitched his best outing of the season going six innings, allowing two runs on four hits and striking out four. Jerome Pena’s seventh home run of the year came in the fifth inning that tied the game at two.

However, it was the error that Pena committed in the top of the ninth inning that scored the go-ahead run and ultimately lost the game for the Keys.

Zach Davies will take the mound for the Keys against Jarret Miller for the Hillcats. Davies is 4-2 on the season with a 3.92 ERA. The twenty-year old from Arizona is 2-0 at the Grove this season.

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The Keys’ lineup for June 4th

Manager Ryan Minor has decided to stick with the same defensive set up as last night’s matchup.  Be sure to keep your eyes open for the designated hitter, Michael Ohlman, hitting third in tonight’s lineup.  Ohlman hit 2-3 with two doubles and a walk last night.

KEYNOTES:
BETTER BY GROUND: When Zach Davies gets groundballs, he’s tough to beat. And at home this season, he’s averaging 2.1 groundouts per every air out. He’s also 2-0 with a 2.33 ERA at Harry Grove Stadium. For the season, his GA/AO ratio is 1.66, up from 1.50 last season with Delmarva.
DOWN THE STRETCH THEY COME: Entering tonight’s action in the Carolina League, only two games separate first and third place in the North. Potomac, winners of six straight, have taken control of first place at 32-24. Lynchburg’s win last night snapped a three-game losing streak and moved them to 30-25, 1.5 games behind the P-Nats, and a half-game ahead of Frederick (30-26) in third. The Keys have three games left against Lynchburg, eight against Potomac and three against Myrtle Beach in the first half.
HAMPERING HEFFLINGER: Hillcats outfielder Robby Hefflinger has had his way with most Carolina League pitching, but not so much when he faces the Keys. After going 1-for-3 with a strikeout last night, the Carolina League home run leader is batting just .208 (5-24) with a homer and two RBIs in six games against Frederick this season. He’s batting .313 with 15 homers and 37 RBIs against everyone else.
A SALLY STAR: Keys reliever Matt Price was promoted from Delmarva on Monday and Tuesday was selected as a South Atlantic League All-Star, though he can’t play due to his promotion. With the Shorebirds, Price went 8-for-8 in save opportunities, fanned 21 batters in 20 innings and posted a 2.70 ERA.
 
*Read last night’s game story on the Frederick Keys Official Website here!

The Keys Come Home To Face Hillcats

The Frederick Keys return to Harry Grove Stadium after an eight game road trip, five games against the Winston-Salem Dash and three games against the Wilmington Blue Rocks.  The Keys took five of the eight games improving to 30-25 on the season.

The Lynchberg Hillcats are in Frederick for a four game series starting tonight at seven o’clock. Currently 29-25, the Hillcats are also riding a three game losing streak coming into tonight’s matchup.

Zach Petersime is on the hill tonight for the Keys.  In his last outing on May 29th, Petersime threw five innings, gave up six hits and three runs and got the win against Winston-Salem.

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Ryan Minor’s lineup for tonight’s game

Be sure to keep your eyes open for Jerome Pena leading off in tonight’s matchup.  Last night against the Blue Rocks, Pena hit a grand slam, his sixth home run of the season , to put the Keys up 5-0 in the top of the fifth inning. The Keys eventually won 5-3.

KEYNOTES:
DOWN THE STRETCH THEY COME: Entering tonight’s action in the Carolina League, only 1.5 games separate first and third place in the North. Potomac, winners of five straight, have taken control of first place at 31-24. The Keys sit a game behind them and Lynchburg, at 29-25, is a half-game behind the Keys. The Hillcats have lost three in a row entering Monday’s game. Twelve of the Keys’ remaining 15 games in the first half are against Potomac and Lynchburg.
HAMPERING HEFFLINGER: Hillcats outfielder Robbie Hefflinger has had his way with most Carolina League pitching, but not so much when he faces the Keys. The Carolina League home run leader is batting just .190 (4-21) with a homer and two RBIs in five games against Frederick this season. He’s batting .313 with 15 homers and 37 RBIs against the rest of the league.
SAME MONTH, DIFFERENT RESULTS: Lynchburg starter Navery Moore must have enjoyed May, going 5-1 with a 3.44 ERA in six starts after going 1-3 in April with a 7.71 ERA in five starts. For Keys starter Zach Petersime, May wasn’t so kind. Petersime went 1-3 with a 7.33 ERA.
NAVERY VS. THE ROAD: Navery Moore started his third game of the season at Harry Grove Stadium on April 16, allowing five runs, seven hits and three walks in 4.2 innings. Moore seems to prefer pitching in Lynchburg, given that in six road starts, he is 2-3 with an 8.04 ERA.
 

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