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Clue Night revisited: Experience the murder mystery at The Grove

After a seven-inning investigation, the killer of Frederick Keys beloved mascot Frank Key was apprehended, his heinous crime pieced together and revealed to the crowd at Harry Grove Stadium Wednesday night.

Confused? Then you probably missed Clue Night at The Grove on Wednesday. No worries if you did, you can experience it right here on the blog.

*For those of you who are impatient and want to see the murder scene, watch the video below. If you’d like to play along, don’t watch now, watch it at the bottom of the page.

*Clue sheets, to play along:

The Crime

Murder at Harry Grove Stadium! Beloved mascot Frank Key was found dead in front of the stadium this afternoon and Frederick Keys detective Brandon Apter is working to solve the crime. He knows Frank Key’s body was moved after he was killed. Det. Apter, who just happens to be the stadium butler, has six prime suspects – Colonel Mustard, Professor Plum, Mr. Green, Mrs. Peacock, Miss Scarlet and Mrs. White – all of whom he will be questioning during the game. The questions are who did it, where and with what weapon?

*The crime scene, the question and the suspects in six seconds!

The Suspects, in greater detail

Was it the ex-military soldier, Colonel Mustard?

Or did the smartest man in the room, Prof. Plum, commit the murder?

Or was it the money man himself, Mr. Green?

Or would Mrs. Peacock, the wife of a senator, risk it all to murder Frank Key?

Could it have been the seductive yet secretive Miss Scarlet?

You can never count out the maid. Could Mrs. White have killed our beloved Frank Key?

And the man trying to figure it all out, Detective Apter, stadium butler.

*On twitter, the people,  outraged by the crime, took to aiding the investigation using #WhoKilledFrankKey. Some leads were helpful, others not so much.

The investigation begins

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Shortly after 7 p.m., Butler/Det. Apter took the first base dugout to inform the crowd that their was a murderer in their midst and introduce the suspects. He also alerted them to the ongoing investigation, the six possible murder weapons and six places the killing might have occurred, that clues would be shown on the video board and live interrogations of the suspects would occur on the dugout.

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Fans would be alerted to the new developments by this sound:

What Apter knew at this point was that all six suspects were hanging out in the clubhouse earlier that day. Then, Frank Key was dead!

The first clue

It came during the top of the second and appeared on the video board. All the clues were also sent out on Twitter for those playing along at home.

Clue Slate 1

*So, it appears, Mrs. White may be off the hook.

The second clue: Mr. Green’s interview

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The stadium butler brought Mr. Green atop the dugout in the middle of third inning, to tell his story. He appeared flustered, once referring to Col. Mustard as Corporal Mustard, but did his best to exonerate himself. The interview transcript:

Det. Apter:         I’m here with Mr. Green. Tell me, sir, what do you know?

Mr. Green:         I was in the clubhouse with everyone waiting for Mrs. White to bring lunch back and fell asleep. I awoke to a scream and saw Professor Plum was still there. I noticed all the cleats were accounted for but a bat and the Gatorade cooler was missing. Professor Plum said Miss Scarlet, (Colonel) Mustard and Mrs. Peacock were all gone.

*A missing bat, eh, Mr. Green?

The third clue

The next development in the case came after the fourth inning.

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*Never mind the questionable grammar/awkward wording, the missing bat was in the press box. Hmmmmm…..

The fourth clue: Mrs. Peacock’s interview

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Before the sixth inning, Stadium Butler/Det. Apter brought Mrs. Peacock in front of the crowd to tell her story. Peacock’s alibi? She was “stuffing her face” at concession stand when she heard Frank Key’s bone-chilling scream. More from her interview:

Det. Apter:         So, Mrs. Peacock, things don’t look so good for you right now. We know you weren’t in the clubhouse at the time of the murder. Why did you leave the clubhouse? Did you kill Frank Key?!?!

Mrs. Peacock:    I left the clubhouse but I did not kill Frank Key! I was sick of waiting for Mrs. White so I went to the concession stand to make lunch. When walking there I passed Colonel Mustard trying to get into the press box, but it was locked. I made myself an Angus burger and then heard a scream. I ran out and saw nobody in the bullpen. The tarp was also rolled up and untouched. I did however see a table knife fall from the Mattress Warehouse Club and Miss Scarlet was hurrying back inside the club.

*A knife! Mustard and the press box! Scarlet in the Club!

Before we reveal the killer, who do you think did it?

The killer revealed

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After the seventh inning, Apter brought all six suspects atop the dugout to face the crowd, Frank Key’s family and friends. He said he had solved the murder! He had put it together and solved this heinous crime.

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The transcript:

Det. Apter:         One of you is the murderer and I know who it is. It is not Mrs. White, who was getting food, or Mr. Green or Professor Plum, who were in the clubhouse. It was not Mrs. Peacock in the concession stand making lunch either. It must be either Miss Scarlet or Colonel Mustard and I know who it is….

*The murder reenacted:

Det. Apter:          It was you Colonel Mustard!  You stashed a bat in the press box thinking Frank Key would be there alone and you could kill him but when you returned the press box was locked! Then, your plan foiled, you stepped out on the concourse and you saw him! You saw Frank Key in the dugout and raced down to the field, catching him by surprise! Then, you drowned him in the Gatorade cooler!

Col. Mustard:    Lies! What about Miss Scarlet!? She had the knife!

Det. Apter:         Miss Scarlet is not the killer! Just a neat freak who went to the club to clean. She found a table knife and picked it up. Startled when she heard Frank Key scream,  she threw it over the ledge!

Col. Mustard:    It wasn’t me!

Det. Apter:         Then why are your trousers soaked in Gatorade!?!?! (Quick pan in on soaked pants)

Col Mustard:      That’s right – I did do it! I never liked that Frank Key guy. It was me – Colonel Mustard – in the Dugout – with the Gatorade Cooler!

*So, it was Mustard all along! Security escorted him out to boos and one fan’s cry of “Get him out of here! You’re disgusting!”

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Frank Key’s killer has been brought to justice.

Mystery solved.

*Butler/Detective Apter debriefed:

Time to wake up the bats in Winston-Salem

Before we get started talking current Keys, let’s take a moment to watch former Key Nick Markakis’ incredible home-run robbing catch. Because I just figured out how to embed MLB.com videos here, Markakis’ grab becomes the first in a new segment: Former Keys Highlight of the Day.

No homer for you, Adrian Beltre.

Moving on to the current Frederick squad, the Keys lost 3-2 last night, only able to muster five hits. One of them was Allan de San Miguel’s RBI double, which sounded like this:

*The Keys’ catcher was also featured in this week’s edition of Five Questions in the Frederick News-Post. Read it here

Read more on last night’s loss on FrederickKeys.com.

*In today’s Keys notebook in the FNP, Greg Swatek takes a look at Matt Hobgood’s 4.1 inning, one-run debut on Saturday.

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Tonight’s Keys starter Brady Wager surely hopes his teammates break out of their recent offensive funk.

*Frederick’s offense has been lacking for all but one game in the last five.

The Keys have had five or fewer hits in four of their last five games and have scored two or fewer runs in those four. On Friday, Frederick had 14 hits, 13 of them singles, and scored nine runs, an anomaly during their recent offensive woes. Since being no-hit by Salem on Wednesday, Frederick has had just four extra-base hits and is batting .176 (6-for-34) with runners in scoring position.

Here’s to hoping their bats reawaken tonight, with the Keys just 1.5 games behind Wilmington for a second-half playoff berth.

Brady Wager starts for the Keys against Chris Beck, who, incredibly, is yet to register a no-decision through 17 starts. He’s 9-8, leading the league in wins and has the second-most losses. More on Wager, Beck and tonight’s game in the game notes:

*O’s legend Boog Powell was Frederick’s guest Saturday on Salute to the Orioles Night at The Grove. Tim Murray sat down and talked with the man best known for hitting homers, going sleeveless and making some excellent barbeque:

Have you voted for Keyote yet in MiLB’s #mascotmania? If not, do it right now. If yes, vote again! Either click on the link above, tweet your vote by including #mascotmania @FrederickKeys and @MiLB, or retweet an existing tweet like the one below. If you vote on twitter, the Keys will retweet you, too! You can vote on up to 25 times a day on Twitter.

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Vote Keyote and shake your keys.

 

Keys go for series win in front of O’s legend Boog Powell

Boog Powell will be in signing autographs Saturday night at Harry Grove Stadium

After last night’s walk-win over Salem, the Keys have given themselves a chance to win their four-game series with the Red Sox after being no-hit on Wednesday, win their third game in a row and take eight out of 10 games from Salem at Harry Grove Stadium this season.

And who better to do that in front the legendary Orioles first baseman and BBQ connoisseur Boog Powell. As part of our Salute to the Orioles, the Keys’ only big-league club since their inception in 1989,  Boog will be at The Grove to throw out the first pitch and sign some autographs.

First pitch is at 6 p.m. and Boog will begin signing when the gates open at 5 p.m. Get your tickets and come hang out with Boog.

*Before we get to today’s game, let’s talk about last night, when the Keys walked off Salem for third time this season.

Here’s how it ended:

And here’s some reading from last night, courtesy of Greg Swatek of the Frederick News-Post, who incredibly beat his early deadline despite a three-hour, 40-minute game.

*Tonight, Julio Rodriguez gets the ball tonight for the Keys, hoping to provide his first good outing since his transfer to Frederick. He’s 0-2 with a 7.94 ERA in three starts and lefties have done the most damage against him, batting .375 with six extra-base hits. Opposing Rodriguez is Heri Quevedo, who made an appearance in relief on Opening Day at Harry Grove Stadium: 2.1 innings, six hits, seven runs, six earned and two home runs. More on tonight’s game in the game notes:

*There’s decent chance Matt Hobgood, the fifth overall pick of the 2009 draft, will make his debut for the Keys tonight. Injuries have plagued Hobgood since he was taken by Baltimore, but now healthy, he seems to be rediscovering his stuff. He spoke with David Lassen of the Riverside Press-Enterprise about his promotion to Frederick and getting healthy for this column:

https://twitter.com/LassenSportsPE/status/358588459780288513

*Tonight’s lineup:

*ICYMI: The skunk glove has been found! The glove Miguel Chalas used to capture a skunk in the Lynchburg outfield was not destroyed, as we originally believed. Why? We do not know. For now, it lives atop a shed near the clubhouse.

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*Don’t forget to vote for Keyote in the MiLB mascot mania! Vote on twitter using @FrederickKeys and #mascotmania or on milb.com. You can also vote up to 25 times a day by retweeting these tweets:

Shake your Keys

 

Keyote needs your vote!

One of hundreds of reasons to vote for Keyote: The ladies love him.

One of hundreds of reasons to vote for Keyote: The ladies love him.

Is Keyote the best mascot in the minor leagues?

The answer is, of course, yes. I know it. You know. Your mom and dad know it, too.

Now, it’s time to spread that knowledge nationwide.

Keyote and all the other minor league mascots are competing to be named number one mascot in the minors. MiLB’s Mascot Mania started July 18 with the League Round that lasts until Aug. 1. Winners of their league will square off the following week to determine Minor League Baseball’s best.

The contest is decided by you, the fans. In order to make Keyote the top dog in the minors, he needs your vote! Voting is easy. There are two ways to cast your ballot for Keyote:

  1. Go here, click on Carolina League and vote for Keyote. While you’re at it, vote for the rest of the Orioles’ minor league mascots:Int’l League -Norfolk Tides -RipTide

    Eastern League – Bowie Baysox – Louie

    South Atlantic League – Delmarva Shorebirds – Sherman the Shorebird

    NY-Penn League – Aberdeen IronBirds – Ferrous

  2. Vote via twitter by tweeting or retweeting something like this:

Or this:

Or this:

You just need @FrederickKeys and #mascotmania somewhere in your 140 characters. Heck, you could just retweet the tweets above.

And remember, you can votes as many times as you’d like. Let’s put Keyote where he belongs, atop the minor league mascot food chain.

Shake your Keys.

Who Killed Frank Key?!

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That’s right folks, there has been a murder at Harry Grove Stadium.  Our very own Frank Key has been killed and it is up to you to find out whodunit.

Let’s take a look at the suspects in a little more detail…

Was it the ex-military soldier, Colonel Mustard?

Or did the smartest man in the room, Prof. Plum, commit the murder?

Or was it the money man himself, Mr. Green?

Or would Mrs. Peacock, the wife of a senator, risk it all to murder Frank Key?

Could it have been the seductive yet secretive Miss Scarlet?

You can never count out the maid. Could Mrs. White have killed our beloved Frank Key?

And the man trying to figure it all out, Detective Apter.

Detective Apter needs YOUR help.  Be sure to chime into the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #WhoKilledFrankKey.

*In other news, the Keys have a game tonight against the Salem Red Sox at 7pm, gates open at 6pm.  This is the first of a four game series at home against the Red Sox. The Keys will then go on the road for seven games so be sure to catch them this weekend.

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Tucker Nathans has been nothing but hot lately. In his last seven games, he is batting .440 (11-25) with two doubles. He was called up from Class-A Delmarva on July 7.

*Keys outfielder and tonight’s leadoff hitter, Johnny Ruettiger got some love from MiLB. Check out the story below.

Brady Wager to start tonight for the Keys. Since his first two starts that we rather rough, Wager is 2-2 with a 2.52 ERA in 25 innings pitched, allowing 20 hits, 11 runs, seven earned, and nine walks.

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

*If you missed yesterday’s edition of Unlocking They Keys, then you probably missed Ryan Minor’s interview. But don’t fret, you can check it out right here.

*There have been a lot of transactions being made in Frederick and the entire Baltimore Orioles system.  Righty, Matt Hobgood has been promoted from Delmarva along with infielder Michael Mosby.  Also, Zach Petersime and Delvi Cid have been released.

Get your Bundy Bobblehead tonight

The day has come, all you bobblehead collectors.

The Keys will be giving away 1,000 Dylan Bundy bobbleheads courtesy of Frederick Radiology when the gates open at 5 p.m. for tonight’s 6 p.m. game against the Carolina Mudcats. This is what a few to several hundred folks will be waiting in line for:

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*If you want a bobble:

  1. Get your ticket. You can do that here or at the box office at the stadium.
  2. Get here early. The earlier the better. We give one bobble for each person through the gate, not each ticket. One bobble per warm body.
  3. Be prepared to wait. Maybe bring a magazine.

*All your other gameday info is here.

Shake your Keys.

Series split at stake for Keys tonight

The Keys broke out of their most recent funk last night. snapping a three-game losing streak with a 6-1 win at Wilmington. Brady Wager was exceptional, picking up his second straight win by allowing just one run over seven innings. And Johnny Ruettiger got the Keys started offensively on the first pitch of the game:

*Read more about last night’s win here.

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

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

As for tonight, Zach Davies will start for Frederick, the Keys with the opportunity to split this four-game series in Wilmington after dropping the first two games. Davies hasn’t allowed more than three runs in any of his last 10 starts and is 2-0 with a 2.19 ERA in two starts against Wilmington. The Blue Rocks’ starter, Kyle Smith, isn’t so bad either. His 2.91 ERA is the fourth best in the Carolina League and he’s 1-0 with a 1.72 ERA in three starts against the Keys this season. More on tonight’s contest in the game notes:

*Going back to last night, Christian Walker racked up two more hits and two more RBIs, continuing his stellar month of July. The reigning Carolina Player of the Week talked about heading to the All-Star Futures Game this weekend with broadcaster Adam Pohl.

*Another nugget from last night’s win: Ashur Tolliver‘s season debut. He made his first appearance for the Keys since Sept. 4, 2011 in last night’s 6-1 win. Tolliver threw two scoreless innings, allowed a hit and a walks and struck out three in his 2013 Keys debut. He missed all of 2012 after having Tommy John surgery and was promoted to Frederick from Delmarva on Sunday.

*Have you seen Miguel Chalas catch the skunk in Lynchburg yet? If not, here it is.

*Have you voted for your favorite Frederick Keys’ thrift shop outfit yet? If not, check out the impromptu player fashion show that took place in Lynchburg over the weekend here.

*The Keys return home tomorrow to take on the Mudcats. Dylan Bundy bobblehead giveaway is Saturday. Get your tickets.

Shake your keys.

Miguel Chalas vs. The Lynchburg Skunk

Keys pitcher Miguel Chalas shows no fear and gloves a wayward skunk in right field Saturday in Lynchburg.

Keys pitcher Miguel Chalas shows no fear and gloves a wayward skunk in right field Saturday in Lynchburg. Courtesy of wset.com

Buried beneath yesterday’s ever-popular thrift-shop fashion show post was another brief tale from the recent road trip to Lynchburg — that of a 21-year-old Keys reliever and his encounter with a skunk in right field on Saturday, July 6.

Thanks to WSET-TV, better known as ABC 13 to folks in the Lynchburg area, we have video of Miguel Chalas vs. The Lynchburg skunk. Sadly, I cannot embed the video below, but I will break it down using  vines (short-looping videos, if you didn’t know)  from the story that aired on WSET’s nightly news. You can watch the video by clicking here and then clicking on “Hillcats Have Unwanted Guests On The Field” beneath the video player.

The transcript of the story is here and has some incredible quotes, including this gem from Lynchburg right fielder David Rohm on Chalas fearlessly gloving the skunk:

“He said he thought it was a cat,” said Rohm.

Now, for the abridged story of Miguel Chalas vs. The Lynchburg Skunk. Let’s meet our contenders:

Miguel Chalas

Miguel Chalas

A 21-year-old right-handed pitcher from the Dominican Republic, Chalas stands at 6 feet tall and 170 pounds. The Orioles signed him as a 17-year-old and he was promoted to Frederick on June 3 from Class-A Delmarva. He is currently 1-1 with a 4.66 ERA in nine appearances and leads the league in skunk traps.

The Lynchburg Skunk

The Lynchburg Skunk

Also known as a polecat, the skunk is a mammal known for its ability to spray a liquid with a strong odor. Skunk species vary in size from about 15.6 to 37 inches and in weight from about 1.1 pounds to pounds.

Now, the footage:

That ordeal delayed Saturday’s game for four minutes. The skunk continues to make appearances in the outfield. The next opportunity of a possible Chalas-Skunk rematch would be Aug. 24-27.

BREAKING NEWS!  

The skunk glove has been spotted!!

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Location: Behind the Keys clubhouse at Harry Grove Stadium.

Condition: Unknown (still contaminated)

*Listen to Trent Howard’s account of the skunk incident. It starts at the 6:10 mark.

Keys turn to Berry against the Blue Rocks

Tim Berry makes the start for the Keys tonight.

Tim Berry makes the start for the Keys tonight.

The Keys dropped a one-run, extra-inning game at Wilmington last night, blowing a 10th inning lead. Tonight, they hope to rally with Tim Berry on the mound.

*Here’s last night’s game story on FrederickKeys.com.

*Last night’s highlight, the first half of back-to-back homers in the fifth inning from Mike Ohlman and Christian Walker:

*The last time Tim Berry took the mound, it was July 3 and he was pitching against the Blue Rocks. He delivered an eight-inning, one-run outing in that contest, helping Frederick to a much-needed win. Losers of two in a row, the Keys could use another strong performance to their left-hander tonight. More in today’s game notes

*Do the Keys know fashion? You be the judge. Check out the thrift store showcase the Keys happened to put on in Lynchburg here. A taste of what’s awaiting behind that link:

Say hello to Keys hitting coach Torre Tyson, who served as judge in the thrift shop fashion show.

Say hello to Keys hitting coach Torre Tyson, who served as judge in the thrift shop fashion show.

Shake your Keys.

The fashion show and the skunk incident

Ah, Lynchburg.

The Keys took two of three from the Hillcats over the July 4 weekend, but things got a little weird in Southern Virginia Saturday. First came the thrift shop fashion show, then came the skunk in right field.

And thanks to Twitter, we can easily chronicle both of them on this blog.

The Lyncburg Thrift Shop Fashion Show podium: Gold - Michael Ohlman (center), Silver - Jerome Pena (right), Bronze - Sammie Starr (left)

The Lynchburg Thrift Shop Fashion Show podium: Gold – Michael Ohlman (center), Silver – Jerome Pena (right), Bronze – Sammie Starr (left)

Look above. This is apparently what happens when you mix the Frederick Keys, a little per diem and a thrift shop. Hitting coach Torre Tyson was the judge of the contest. I’ll let his tweets speak for themselves now.

Contestant #1: P Zach Petersime

Contestant #2: P David Walters (who was released Sunday. We wish him the best.)

Contestant #3: C Allan de San Miguel

Contestant #4: P Gene Escat

Contestant #5:  OF Glynn Davis

Contestant #6:  Bullpen catcher Jason Stifler

Contestant #7: OF Brenden Webb

Contestant #8 and third runner-up: P Jesse Beal

Contestant #9: 1B Christian Walker

Contestant #10: Trainer Pat Wesley

Contestant #11: Coach Kyle Moore

Contestant #12 and first runner-up:

Contestant #13 and second runner-up: SS Sammie Starr

Contestant #14 and winner: C Michael Ohlman

Who’s your thrift shop fashion show winner? Vote below. And Leave a comment stating your case, if you’d like.

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*As for the skunk, it wandered into right field in the eighth inning and stopped the game for four minutes before one brave man, Keys pitcher Miguel Chalas, gloved it. We have video in this blog post.

Rumor has it Chalas escaped unscathed, but his glove did not.

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The skunk apparently made an appearance in center field last night and has garnered the hashtag #rallyskunk

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