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Only Two Games Left!

Good Afternoon Keys Fans!

There are just two games remaining in the regular season, as the Keys and the Dash square off tonight at 6:00 p.m from Nymeo Field. Neither team will be hitting batting practice, as the fourth annual Guns and Hoses Softball game is taking place on the field. This event has always been a ton of fun, as the Frederick Fire Department squares off against the Frederick Police Department. The Police won last year’s game, and are trying to even up the overall score after the Fire Department won the game each of the first two seasons.

It is always a great event, and a great way to honor members of the community who protect our safety on an everyday basis. Following this game, John Means will search for his first Advanced-A win as the Keys try and end the season on a high note. Means’ counterpart will be Jordan Guerrero who was recently activated from the disabled list. Guerrero has thrown well both times he has faced the Keys, posting a 1.29 ERA over 2 starts.

After the game, there will be postgame fireworks presented by Precision Heating and Cooling, our final fireworks extravaganza of the 2015 season.

For those looking for something to do on Labor Day, the Keys final game of the year is scheduled for 2:00 p.m and it is Fan Appreciation Day. We have plenty of great prizes which fans can win, and a list of some of the feature items can be found here.

Fan Appreciation

For those not around tonight (or those with the TuneIn radio App on their phone) the broadcast can be heard on 1450 AM The Source and frederickkeys.com. Doug Raftery and I will be happy to keep you all company.

Tonight’s lineup and notes are below!

Shake your Keys!

Geoff

LINEUP

  1. CF Josh Hart
  2. LF Jay Gonzalez
  3. DH Dariel Alvarez
  4. C Wynston Sawyer
  5. 1B Yaisel Mederos
  6. SS Adrian Marin
  7. 3B Derek Peterson
  8. RF Conor Bierfeldt
  9. 2B Tanner Witt

LHP John Means

Sunday, September 6, 2015 · Game #139 · Home Game #69

Frederick Keys (64-74/32-36) vs Winston-Salem Dash (73-63/43-23)

LHP John Means (0-2, 8.56) vs. LHP Jordan Guerrero (6-3, 3.78)

DASH STUN KEYS: The Frederick Keys scored three times in the bottom of the second and got four shutout innings from their bullpen in a 4-1 win over the Winston-Salem Dash on Saturday night at Nymeo Field. Frederick’s big inning came in the second, as the club batted around against Yency Almonte. Wynston Sawyer opened the innings with a double, moved to third on a single by Adrian Marin and scored on a base knock by Derek Peterson. Anthony Caronia followed with an RBI double, while Josh Hart completed the scoring with a fielder’s choice. Luis Gonzalez needed 96 pitches to get through five innings, but allowed only one run. Jimmy Yacabonis and Stefan Crichton gave up only two hits in four innings of relief, while Yacabonis tied his season-high of three innings pitched.

TURNING THINGS ON: Adrian Marin tied his season-high with three hits on Saturday, finishing 3-for-4 with two doubles, an RBI and a run scored. It was his first three-hit effort since June 28, while it moved his batting average up to .240, the highest it has been since June 29. Owner of a six-game hitting streak, Marin is batting .429 (9-for-21) during that time with four doubles and two RBIs. He has scored a run in five straight games and has stolen a base in four straight games.

GONZALEZ WRAPS UP STREAK: Jay Gonzalez concluded his eight-game hitting streak on Saturday going 0-for-1 with three walks. The eight-gamer was a career-high for the Floridian whose previous high-water mark was seven games (twice). Over the hitting streak, Gonzalez hit .322 (10-for-31) with two RBIs and three runs scored.

TIME TO LET THE HORSES OUT OF THE BARN: This homestand, the Keys have been aggressive on the basepaths, registering 14 steals in their last four games. On Saturday, Frederick stole four bases, while on Wednesday the team came up with a season-high five. Most of those steals have been concentrated in a few hands, with Josh Hart and Adrian Marin each swiping four bases and Jay Gonzalez pocketing three. Frederick leads the Carolina League with 161 stolen bases this year, 14 more than the next two closest teams (Salem and Winston-Salem both have 147). Meanwhile, Gonzalez (34-counting his time at Low-A Delmarva) Hart (30) and Marin (25) ranked 1-3 among Orioles farmhands in steals.

ALVAREZ OPTIONED TO KEYS: On Wednesday night, Dariel Alvarez was optioned to the Frederick Keys from the Baltimore Orioles. A member of the Keys in 2013, Alvarez went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts on Saturday and is 3-for-11 with a triple and a double in his three games with the Keys this year. He becomes the fourth player with Orioles to suit up for Frederick in 2015, joining Wei-Yin Chen (optioned) as well as Jonathan Schoop, Kevin Gausman and David Lough (rehab assignments). Making his Orioles debut last Friday, Alvarez was hitting .250 (3-for-12) with a double. Prior to his call-up to Baltimore, he was hitting .275 with 16 homers and 72 RBIs in 130 games for Triple-A Norfolk. He was an International League all-star and won the Triple-A Home Run Derby.

THE WHEELS ON THE BUS GO ROUND AND ROUND: On Friday, Cody Wheeler become the 17th Keys player to receive a promotion when he was moved up to Triple-A Norfolk. He becomes the second Frederick player to bypass Double-A this season and the third to receive a call-up this week. Donnie Hart (Thursday) and David Hess (Tuesday) were both promoted to Double-A Bowie. The Keys lone postseason all-star, Wheeler went 5-1 with 17 saves and a 2.79 ERA in 42 games. At the time he was called up, the lefty was tops in the CL in saves and games finished (35) while he was tied for the league lead in appearances.

THAT’S ALL FOLKS: The Keys were eliminated from playoff contention on Tuesday following a loss to Carolina. It marked the fourth straight season the Keys had been knocked out of contention. Entering Tuesday night with an elimination number of one, Frederick would have needed seven straight wins and seven straight Lynchburg losses to force a one-game playoff. In spite of a loss to the Salem, the Hillcats clinched a playoff berth for the fourth consecutive year. They will meet Wilmington in the North Division Championship Series. .

KEYS ABOUND IN ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE: On Tuesday afternoon, Adrian Marin and Donnie Hart were selected to play in the Arizona Fall League, while Jon Keller, Chance Sisco and Mike Yastrzemski were also tabbed to play for the Peoria Javelinas. Considered a “finishing school” for top minor league prospects, the AFL runs from mid-October to late-November.

AGAINST WINSTON-SALEM: The Keys lead the season-series with the Dash 10-9 following Saturday’s win. On Thursday, Winston-Salem clinched the second-half CL South Division title (the team’s first since 2012). Frederick holds a .255 team batting average against the Dash, while the pitching staff owns a 4.07 ERA. Winston-Salem is batting .239 against the Keys but boast a 3.27 ERA as a staff. Individually, Tad Gold (.333/7-for-21) leads the way at the plate, while the Dash are paced by Eddy Alvarez (.455/5-for-11) and Keon Barnum (.319/22-for-69).

TODAY’S OPPOSING PITCHER: Left-hander Jordan Guerrero makes his 25th overall start on Sunday. Activated from the disabled list on Tuesday, Guerrero is 6-3 with a 3.78 ERA for the Dash. Picking up a no-decision on Tuesday at Wilmington, he went three innings and allowed three runs in a no-decision. He is 1-0 with a 1.29 ERA (14 IP/2ER) against the Keys. Promoted to Winston-Salem on June 3 from Low-A Kannapolis (first to Advanced-A), the southpaw went 6-1 with a 2.28 ERA in nine starts. Twice he was named the South Atlantic League “Pitcher of the Week” Guerrero tossed 12 scoreless innings over his first two starts, before turning in 13 more scoreless innings a few weeks later. In nine starts with Kannapolis he gave up more than one earned run just twice, while his 1.27 ERA through May 7 was the seventh-lowest among MiLB qualifiers. Pitching for Low-A Kannapolis exclusively in 2014, he went 6-2 with a 3.46 ERA in 27 games (nine starts). He never worked more than five innings in a game, piggybacking with Andre Wheeler in the Kannapolis rotation. The White Sox exercised caution with Guerrero last season after he made just five starts before being shut down due to shoulder fatigue. Selected by Chicago in the 15th round of the 2012 draft out of Moorpark (CA) High School, Guerrero received a reported $100,000 signing bonus. He throws a fastball, curveball and changeup.

It’s Art in the Park Night!

Good Afternoon Keys Fans!

There are just three games remaining in the regular season, and tonight it is Art in the Park Night at the ballpark! Players and coaches will be wearing special Maryland-themed jerseys that fans can bid in during the game. For those of you who haven’t seen them yet, here are a few pictures!

Art 1Art 2Art 3

Pretty cool right? Earlier this week the Washington Post talked a little bit more about them.

Proceeds from the jerseys will benefit the Frederick Arts Council. And if you’re wondering yes, there will be fireworks after the game, presented by Plamondon.

For those that missed the Keys game last night, the Dash rallied for four runs in the top of the ninth inning with two outs to hand the orange and black a 7-4 setback. It was the club’s first loss all season when leading after eight innings.

Tonight Luis Gonzalez starts for the Keys and will be opposed by Dash righty Yency Almonte. First pitch is slated for 6:00 p.m and the broadcast can be heard on 1450 AM The Source and frederickkeys.com.

Today’s lineup and notes are below!

Shake your Keys,

Geoff

LINEUP

  1. DH Josh Hart
  2. CF Jay Gonzalez
  3. RF Dariel Alvarez
  4. C Wynston Sawyer
  5. LF Tad Gold
  6. SS Adrian Marin
  7. 1B Derek Peterson
  8. 3B Anthony Caronia
  9. 2B Tanner Witt

LHP Luis Gonzalez

Saturday, September 5, 2015 · Game #138 · Home Game #68

Frederick Keys (63-74/31-36) vs Winston-Salem Dash (73-62/43-22)

LHP Luis Gonzalez (5-11, 7.11) vs. RHP Yency Almonte (3-2, 2.01)

DASH STUN KEYS: The Winston-Salem Dash scored four times with two outs in the top of the ninth to stun the Frederick Keys 7-4 on Friday night at Nymeo Field. It was the team’s third loss in its last four games and denied the Keys the opportunity to finish the second-half with a .500 record. On to protect a 5-4 lead, Garrett Cortright stranded the bases loaded in the eighth, while T.J Williams and Adam Engel were quickly retired to start the ninth. From there, Jake Peter reached on an infield single, Trey Michalczewski coaxed a nine-pitch walk and Keon Barnum added a base hit to load the bases. The next batter, Nick Basto, then jumped on Cortright’s first pitch, doubling off the leftfield wall to give his team the lead. One batter later, Omar Narvaez added a two-run single to complete the scoring. Brad Goldberg gave up a triple to Dariel Alvarez in the ninth, but would not allow any runs to wrap things up. Frederick scored all four of its runs in the sixth, sending 10 to bat.

FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING: Friday’s loss sent the Keys to 11 games below .500 for the first time in 2015. It marks the farthest the club has been below sea-level for a season since last August 13. More notably, it marked the first time all season where the Keys had lost when leading after eight innings. Coming into last night, the orange and black were 43-0 when entering the ninth with a lead. It was also Winston-Salem’s first win all year when trailing after eight (0-51 prior).

GONZO IN A GROOVE: Jay Gonzalez extended his hitting streak to eight games on Friday with a single in the first inning. That marks a new career-high for the Floridian, whose previous high-water mark was seven games (twice). Over this current stretch, Gonzalez is batting .322 (10-for-31) with two RBIs and three runs scored. In the process, he has raised his batting average from .224 to .240.

TROUBLE WITH THE LEATHER: On Friday, the Keys committed four errors, resulting in three unearned runs. The four defensive miscues were two short of a season high, while it marked the 11th time this year that Frederick had committed three or more errors in a contest (4-7 during that time). This year, the orange and black are tied for sixth in the CL in fielding percentage (.972) but have committed the second-most errors (141). A problem during the club’s recent roadtrip, the Keys made 11 errors in seven games resulting in 11 unearned runs.   

ALVAREZ OPTIONED TO KEYS: On Wednesday night, Dariel Alvarez was optioned to the Frederick Keys from the Baltimore Orioles. A member of the Keys in 2013, Alvarez went 1-for-3 with a triple and a run on Friday and is 3-for-7 with a triple and a double in his first two Keys games this year. He becomes the fourth player with Orioles to suit up for Frederick this year, joining Wei-Yin Chen (optioned) as well as Jonathan Schoop, Kevin Gausman and David Lough (rehab assignments). Making his Orioles debut last Friday, Alvarez was hitting .250 (3-for-12) with a double. Prior to his call-up to Baltimore, he was hitting .275 with 16 homers and 72 RBIs in 130 games for Triple-A Norfolk. He was an International League all-star and won the Triple-A Home Run Derby.

THE WHEELS ON THE BUS GO ROUND AND ROUND: On Friday, Cody Wheeler become the 17th Keys player to receive a promotion when he was moved up to Triple-A Norfolk. He becomes the second Frederick player to bypass Double-A this season and the third to receive a call-up this week. Donnie Hart (Thursday) and David Hess (Tuesday) were both promoted to Double-A Bowie. The Keys lone postseason all-star, Wheeler went 5-1 with 17 saves and a 2.79 ERA in 42 games. At the time he was called up, the lefty was tops in the CL in saves and games finished (35) while he was tied for the league lead in appearances.

THAT’S ALL FOLKS: The Keys were eliminated from playoff contention on Tuesday following a loss to Carolina. It marked the fourth straight season the Keys had been knocked out of contention. Entering Tuesday night with an elimination number of one, Frederick would have needed seven straight wins and seven straight Lynchburg losses to force a one-game playoff. In spite of a loss to the Salem, the Hillcats clinched a playoff berth for the fourth consecutive year. They will meet Wilmington in the North Division Championship Series. .

KEYS ABOUND IN ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE: On Tuesday afternoon, Adrian Marin and Donnie Hart were selected to play in the Arizona Fall League, while Jon Keller, Chance Sisco and Mike Yastrzemski were also tabbed to play for the Peoria Javelinas. Considered a “finishing school” for top minor league prospects, the AFL runs from mid-October to late-November.

AGAINST WINSTON-SALEM: The Keys suffered their fourth loss in five games to the Dash on Friday. That evened the season-series at 9-9. On Thursday, Winston-Salem clinched the second-half CL South Division title (the team’s first since 2012). Frederick holds a .255 team batting average against the Dash, while the pitching staff owns a 4.23 ERA. Winston-Salem is batting .241 against the Keys but boast a 3.21 ERA as a staff. Individually, Tad Gold (.353/6-for-17) leads the way at the plate, while the Dash are paced by Eddy Alvarez (.455/5-for-11) and Keon Barnum (.323/21-for-65).

TODAY’S OPPOSING PITCHER: Right-hander Yency Almonte makes his 24th overall appearance and his 22nd start. Combined between Winston-Salem and Low-A Kannapolis, the right-hander is 11-6 with a 3.32 ERA in 133 innings. With the Dash, Almonte is 3-2 with a 2.01 ERA in six games (five starts). His most recent outing came last Sunday against the Keys. Working six shutout innings, the right-hander walked two and struck out a career-high 12 in a no-decision. Since coming to the Carolina League, he has held opponents to a .167 average.  Almonte was acquired as the player to be named later when the Chicago White Sox traded Gordon Beckham to the Los Angeles Angels last August. Almonte did not officially head to the White Sox organization until February 2015. He was the Angels 17th round pick in 2012 out of Christopher Columbus High School in Miami. Almonte signed for a reported $250,000 bonus, but, with questions about his health, he only pitched three innings in rookie ball. In 2013, he threw to a 6.92 ERA in 53 innings with Short-Season Orem, and in 2014, he started on the DL. He made two starts in May, went back on the DL after just a pair of starts June, and ended his season in early August, recording only 45.2 innings all year. Almonte throws a fastball in the low to mid-90s, a slider, and a changeup.

 

Keys Game Notes 9-4-15

Good Evening Keys Fans!

It is Medieval Times Night at the ballpark while the Keys begin their final series of the year with the Winston-Salem Dash! Tonight’s broadcast can be heard on 1450 AM The Source and frederickkeys.com.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 p.m and today’s  notes are below!

Geoff

LINEUP

  1. CF Hart
  2. LF Gonzalez
  3. RF Alvarez
  4. 1B Mederos
  5. C Sawyer
  6. SS Marin
  7. DH Bierfeldt
  8. 2B Caronia
  9. 3B Peterson

LHP Taylor

Friday, September 4, 2015 · Game #137 · Home Game #67

Frederick Keys (63-73/31-35) vs Winston-Salem Dash (72-62/42-22)

LHP Matt Taylor (2-2, 3.59) vs. RHP Brandon Brennan (3-4, 3.88)

MUDCATS USE BIG FIRST INNING TO TAKE SERIES: The Carolina Mudcats scored four times in the first inning and finished with seven extra-base hits to top the Frederick Keys 7-4 on Thursday night at Nymeo Field. Carolina did a bulk of its damage in the first inning, scoring four times off Josh Walker. Needing 27 pitches to get out of the inning, the right-hander walked leadoff batter Connor Lien, while a stolen base and an RBI double by Keith Curcio made it 1-0. Two batters later, Carlos Franco and Joey Meneses followed with back-to-back doubles, before Jose Briceno brought in Meneses with a base knock. Frederick’s deficit stretched to five in the third, but the orange and black used two Carolina errors to make it a 5-3 contest. After Josh Hart stole second and moved to third on an error, Anthony Caronia walked to send up Dariel Alvarez. He doubled home Hart, while Yaisel Mederos followed with a two-run double. From there, the Keys managed only one more run, as Richie Tate and Bradley Roney combined on three innings of shutout relief to wrap things up.

THE RACE TO .500: With a loss on Thursday, the Keys will need to win their remaining four games against Winston-Salem to finish the second-half with a .500 record. Additionally, the team is trying to avoid falling 11 games below sea-level for the season on Friday. This year, Frederick has been 10 games below .500 on five occasions (all since the all-star break) but the team has not dipped any farther south. In 2014, Frederick’s low-water mark was 11 games, something which has not happened since last August 13.

ALVAREZ OPTIONED TO KEYS: On Wednesday night, Dariel Alvarez was optioned to the Frederick Keys from the Baltimore Orioles. A member of the Keys in 2013, Alvarez went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI in his first game back on Thursday. He becomes the fourth player with Orioles to suit up for Frederick this year, joining Wei-Yin Chen (optioned) as well as Jonathan Schoop, Kevin Gausman and David Lough (rehab assignments). Making his Orioles debut last Friday, Alvarez was hitting .250 (3-for-12) with a double. Prior to his call-up to Baltimore, he was hitting .275 with 16 homers and 72 RBIs in 130 games for Triple-A Norfolk. He was an International League all-star and won the Triple-A Home Run Derby.

MORE PROMOTIONS: Cody Wheeler became the 17th Keys player to receive a promotion this year, and was the third to be moved up this week (in 2014 the Keys had 11 call-ups). Donnie Hart earned his first promotion to Double-A Bowie on Thursday, while David Hess was called up to the Baysox on Tuesday. The second time he has been promoted this year, Hart went 5-1 with a 1.03 ERA and three saves in 27 games since being sent up from Low-A Delmarva. Combined between Low-A and Advanced-A this year, the Texan is 5-2 with 13 saves and a 1.41 ERA in 45 games. Hess went 9-4 with a 3.58 ERA in 26 games (25 starts) over 133.1 innings. He struck out 110 and walked 53.

THAT’S ALL FOLKS: The Keys were eliminated from playoff contention on Tuesday following a loss to Carolina. It marked the fourth straight season the Keys had been knocked out of contention. Entering Tuesday night with an elimination number of one, Frederick would have needed seven straight wins and seven straight Lynchburg losses to force a one-game playoff. In spite of a loss to the Salem, the Hillcats clinched a playoff berth for the fourth consecutive year. They will meet Wilmington in the North Division Championship Series. .

KEYS ABOUND IN ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE: On Tuesday afternoon, Adrian Marin and Donnie Hart were selected to play in the Arizona Fall League, while Jon Keller, Chance Sisco and Mike Yastrzemski were also tabbed to play for the Peoria Javelinas. Considered a “finishing school” for top minor league prospects, the AFL runs from mid-October to late-November.

AGAINST WINSTON-SALEM: The Keys wrap up their season with a four-game series against the Dash. On Thursday, Winston-Salem clinched the second-half CL South Division title (the team’s first since 2012). Head-to-head, the Keys hold a 9-8 lead in the season series, after the Dash won three of four games last weekend at BB&T Ballpark. Frederick holds a .257 team batting average against the Dash, while the pitching staff owns a 4.25 ERA. Winston-Salem is batting .240 against the Keys but boast a 3.16 ERA as a staff.

TODAY’S OPPOSING PITCHER: Right-hander Brandon Brennan makes his 12th start of the season and his second straight against the Keys. Facing the orange and black last Saturday, he received a no-decision, tossing four shutout innings of hitless baseball. He walked three and struck out one. He missed two and a half weeks in August due to a finger blister, which caused him to exit his August 5 start after just 3.1 innings. Additionally, Brennan missed the first two and a half months of the year due to a pectoral injury he suffered late in spring training. In 2014, he spent time with Great Falls, Kannapolis, and Winston-Salem while working his way back from Tommy John surgery, which he had on his 22nd birthday (July 26, 2013). A fourth round selection in 2012 by the Chicago White Sox, Brennan was taken out of Orange Coast College in California, the same school where San Francisco Giants pitcher Sergio Romo and Baltimore Orioles Minor League Outfield and Baserunning Coordinator Scott Beerer spent part of their collegiate careers. Out of high school, Brennan had a scholarship offer to play for the University of Oregon. There he redshirted, before transferring to Orange Coast. He was also selected in the 40th round in 2010 by the Colorado Rockies out of Capistrano Valley HS, but elected not to sign. Brennan throws a fastball, a slider and a changeup.

Keys look to clinch series finale with Carolina tonight

Hello Keys fans!

James here for my final preview as tonight will be my last game working for the Frederick Keys. It felt like a quick season, but regardless, it was a lot of fun. Despite it ending in disappointing fashion, it was an absolute honor to be an employee for such a classy organization. Huge thanks to Geoff Arnold for having me come aboard and also lots of gratitude to the rest of the people I worked with here at Nymeo Field. But most importantly, thank you Keys fans! Hopefully my experience here will have me go on to a successful career within the sport of baseball. Crossing my fingers that my last night here will end in a thriller like last night’s dramatic win.

Frederick managed to rally in the ninth inning by plating two runs, including the walk off RBI single by Tad Gold, to come out victorious 7-6 and evening the series at one game apiece. Despite not being in contention for the playoffs, the orange and black look to end on a high note as they can win the three game set with a victory tonight. The Keys will trot out Josh Walker (0-1, 1.50) as he will be making his second start this season in a Frederick uniform. He will be countered by Carolina Mudcats’ hurler Andrew Waszak (6-6, 3.43) who his making his third appearance against the orange and black this year as he is 1-0. Tonight’s contest will begin at 7:00 PM.

For the final time, thank you fans and go Keys!

Tonight’s lineup

Josh Hart CF

Anthony Caronia 2B

Dariel Alvarez RF

Yaisel Mederos 1B

Tad Gold LF

Adrian Marin SS

Conor Bierfeldt DH

Derek Peterson 3B

Steel Russell C

9/3 Game Notes

GOLD LEADS KEYS TO WALK-OFF WIN: A Tad Gold RBI single gave the Frederick Keys a 7-6 walk-off win over the Carolina Mudcats on Wednesday night at Nymeo Field. The victory forces a Thursday rubber game and preserves the Keys chances of finishing the second-half with a winning record. Down 6-5, the orange and black loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth for the second straight day. Josh Hart singled to open the inning, while consecutive sacrifice bunts by Anthony Caronia and Wynston Sawyer were mishandled by the Mudcats defense to pack the bags. Richie Tate was brought in from the Carolina bullpen to replace Andy Otero, but the right-hander never recorded an out. Derek Peterson singled through the right side to tie the game, before Gold followed suit with a bouncing ball past the dive of first baseman Tanner Krietemeier to give Frederick the win.

WALK IT OFF, WALK IT OFF: The Keys posted their eighth walk-off win of the year on Wednesday night, and first since July 25, when a Chance Sisco double lifted the team past Winston-Salem. Perhaps the most impressive aspect, is that all eight walk-offs have come from a different Keys player each time.  Last season, Frederick came up with only three walk-off wins. The ninth inning single also capped off a nice night for Tad Gold, who went 3-for-4 with a double, an RBI and a walk. His three hits tied a career-high, while it raised his batting average from .229 to .246, the highest it has been since August 19.

THAT’S ALL FOLKS: For the fourth straight season, the Keys have been eliminated from playoff contention. Entering Tuesday night with an elimination number of one, Frederick would have needed seven straight wins and seven straight Lynchburg losses to force a one-game playoff. In spite of a loss to the Salem, the Hillcats clinch a playoff berth for the fourth consecutive year. They will meet Wilmington in the North Division Championship Series.

ALVAREZ OPTIONED TO KEYS: On Wednesday night, Dariel Alvarez was optioned to the Frederick Keys from the Baltimore Orioles. He is expected to be in uniform for the orange and black on Thursday and is scheduled to play through this weekend. He becomes the fourth player with Orioles to suit up for Frederick this year, joining Wei-Yin Chen (optioned) as well as Jonathan Schoop, Kevin Gausman and David Lough (rehab assignments). Making his Orioles debut last Friday, Alvarez was hitting .250 (3-for-12) with a double. Prior to his call-up to Baltimore, he was hitting .275 with 16 homers and 72 RBIs in 130 games for Triple-A Norfolk. He was an International League all-star and won the Triple-A Home Run Derby.

MORE PROMOTIONS: Donnie Hart earned his first promotion to Double-A Bowie on Thursday, while he becomes the second Keys player to move up to the Eastern League this week after David Hess was called up on Tuesday. The second time he has been promoted this year, Hart went 5-1 with a 1.03 ERA and three saves in 27 games since being sent up from Low-A Delmarva. Combined between Low-A and Advanced-A this year, the Texan is 5-2 with 13 saves and a 1.41 ERA in 45 games.

WRAPPING UP AUGUST: A win Sunday helped the Keys conclude August on an encouraging note. Despite hitting only .231 as a club (the team’s worst showing in any month) the orange and black finished with a 13-14 August record. The 13 wins are tied for the second-most the Keys have posted in a month. In July, the team went 15-15, while the orange and black went 13-8 in April (the team’s only winning month of the year). On the mound, the Keys registered a 4.19 staff ERA, while David Hess (0.99 ERA) and Mikey O’Brien (1.57) put together outstanding months. Among active players, Conor Bierfeldt led the Keys with a .286 average.

KEYS ABOUND IN ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE: On Tuesday afternoon Adrian Marin and Donnie Hart were selected to play in the Arizona Fall League, while Jon Keller, Chance Sisco and Mike Yastrzemski were also tabbed to play for the Peoria Javelinas. Considered a “finishing school” for top minor league prospects, the AFL runs from mid-October to late-November.

HEY NOW YOU’RE AN ALL-STAR: Last Saturday afternoon, Cody Wheeler was named a Carolina League postseason all-star. He was Frederick’s lone selection. In 42 games this year, the Virginian is 5-1 with 17 saves and a 2.79 ERA. Over 51.2 innings, he has walked 28, struck out 56 and is holding opponents to a .194 average. Entering Wednesday’s action, Wheeler is tops in the CL in saves, appearances and games finished (35).

AGAINST CAROLINA: Frederick plays its final game of the year against the Mudcats on Thursday. Carolina has already taken the season-series, winning 12 of the 15 matchups, while the Muddies won the first 10 meetings. Against Carolina pitching, Frederick is batting just .239 while the pitching staff has a 4.64 ERA. In contrast, the Mudcats are batting .291 off Keys arms and boast a 2.66 ERA. Individually, Josh Hart leads the way with a .349 average.

TODAY’S OPPOSING PITCHER: Andrew Waszak makes 30th overall appearance this season and his 12th start. Between Carolina, Double-A Mississippi and Low-A Rome, the right-hander is 7-6 with a 4.21 ERA. Most of Waszak’s time has come with the Mudcats, where he is 6-6 with a 3.43 ERA in 24 games (11 starts) over 78.2 innings. Joining Carolina from Low-A Rome, the Michigan native last pitched on Tuesday night against Biloxi in relief. Working 1.1 innings, he gave up one hit and did not factor into the decision. With Carolina, Waszak has fared better as a starting pitcher (3.09 ERA) than as a reliever (4.24 ERA). Before moving up to Double-A, his August in Carolina was outstanding, as the 24-year-old allowed only two runs (one earned) on nine hits in 16 innings (0.56 ERA). Against the Keys this year, Waszak is 1-0 with a 4.76 ERA (5.2 IP/3R) in two games (one start). Waszak split 2014 between Rookie-Danville, Low-A Rome and Lynchburg, going 4-7 with a 5.52 ERA over 21 games (18 starts). With the Hillcats he went 0-0 with a 9.42 ERA in five games (four starts). Waszak’s Carolina League debut came against the Keys on Opening Day 2014. In 1.1 innings, the Michigan native struck out one and did not allow any runs. A 22nd round selection by Atlanta in 2013, Waszak was a standout pitcher at Michigan State. The right-hander earned third team All-Big 10 honors as a senior, and ranked fifth in the conference in ERA (2.36). In his college career, he went 18-11 with a 3.82 ERA. As a member of the Spartans, he was teammates with former Keys outfielder Torsten Boss.

Keys look to even series with Carolina

Last the Keys were finally eliminated from postseason contention when they lost to the Carolina Mudcats allowing the Lynchburg Hillcats to clinch the North Division title in the second half. Now with nothing to play for, the orange and black will look to go out and finish on a high note as they hope to even the series at one game apiece as they send out southpaw Mitch Horacek (7-16, 4.67). This will be Horacek’s third start against the Mudcats where he is 0-2. Carolina will look to counter with Seth Webster (8-7, 2.75) who is making his fourth appearance against Frederick on the year where he is 3-0. Tonights contest will begin at 7:00 PM.

 

Tonight’s lineup

Josh Hart CF

Anthony Caronia 2B

Wynston Sawyer C

Derek Peterson 3B

Tad Gold RF

Adrian Marin SS

Conor Bierfeldt DH

Yaisel Mederos 1B

Jay Gonzalez LF

9/2 Game Notes

                                                                                                                                                              

KEYS KNOCKED OUT OF PLAYOFF RACE: The Frederick Keys were eliminated from second-half playoff contention on Tuesday night following an 8-5 setback to the Carolina Mudcats at Nymeo Field. It was the club’s sixth loss in its last seven games. Armed with a number of scoring chances, Frederick finished 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position and left 11 on base. Three of those came in the ninth inning, as the orange and black loaded the bases with no outs. Jorge Zavala plunked Josh Hart, before issuing consecutive walks to Tad Gold and Wynston Sawyer. That prompted a pitching change by Mudcats manager Luis Salazar who turned to Bradley Roney. The right-hander quickly struck out Yaisel Mederos and Conor Bierfeldt before hitting Adrian Marin to make it a three-run contest. However, Roney struck out Derek Peterson to end the game. Carolina was fueled by three different multi-run innings, while Conor Lien, Keith Curcio and Dustin Peterson all drove in two runs.

THAT’S ALL FOLKS: For the fourth straight season, the Keys have been eliminated from playoff contention. Entering the night with an elimination number of one, Frederick would have needed seven straight wins and seven straight Lynchburg losses to force a one-game playoff. In spite of a loss to the Salem, the Hillcats clinch a playoff berth for the fourth consecutive year. They will meet Wilmington in the North Division Championship Series.

TRYING TO CLOSE IN ON .500: Although Frederick will not be able to reach the .500 mark for the year with just six games remaining, the team will try and avoid falling more than 10 games below sea-level. This year, the Keys have been 10 games below .500 on four occasions, but have not dipped farther south. In 2014, Frederick’s low-water mark was 11 games, something which has not happened since last August 13.

WRAPPING UP AUGUST: A win Sunday helped the Keys conclude August on an encouraging note. Despite hitting only .231 as a club (the team’s worst showing in any month) the orange and black finished with a 13-14 August record. The 13 wins are tied for the second-most the Keys have posted in a month. In July, the team went 15-15, while the orange and black went 13-8 in April (the team’s only winning month of the year). On the mound, the Keys registered a 4.19 staff ERA, while David Hess (0.99 ERA) and Mikey O’Brien (1.57) put together outstanding months. Among active players, Conor Bierfeldt led the Keys with a .286 average.

KEYS ABOUND IN ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE: On Tuesday afternoon Adrian Marin and Donnie Hart were selected to play in the Arizona Fall League, while former Keys Jon Keller, Chance Sisco and Mike Yastrzemski were also tabbed to play for the Peoria Javelinas. Considered a “finishing school” for top minor league prospects, the AFL runs from mid-October to late-November.

PUT THE SUITCASES AWAY: Sunday marked the Keys final regular season road game. Overall, the team finished 29-41 in games away Nymeo Field, the second-worst mark in the CL. In the second-half, the Keys posted a 16-19 road record. In contrast, Frederick is two games over .500 at home (33-31) for the season but just 14-15 in second-half home affairs. Still, the club has won three of its last four home series.

HEY NOW YOU’RE AN ALL-STAR: On Saturday afternoon, Cody Wheeler was named a Carolina League postseason all-star. He was Frederick’s lone selection. In 42 games this year, the Virginian is 5-1 with 17 saves and a 2.79 ERA. Over 51.2 innings, he has walked 28, struck out 56 and is holding opponents to a .194 average. Entering Wednesday’s action, Wheeler is tops in the CL in saves, appearances and games finished (35).

AN AWARD AND A PROMOTION: The day after winning his second Carolina League “Pitcher of the Week” Award, Keys starter David Hess was promoted to Double-A Bowie. It marks the right-hander’s first call-up to the Eastern League, while he becomes the 15th Frederick player to receive a promotion this season. In 26 games, the Tennessee native went 9-4 with a 3.58 ERA. Over 133.1 innings, he allowed 112 hits, walked 33 and struck out 110. Opponents were batting .224 against him. At the time of his promotion, Hess was second in the CL in batting average against and games started, fourth in strikeouts, fifth in innings pitched and ninth in ERA. In 12 second-half starts, Hess went 7-0 with a 1.34 ERA, the lowest of any starting pitcher in the league.

AGAINST CAROLINA: Frederick plays its penultimate series of the year against the Mudcats. Carolina has already taken the season-series, winning 12 of the 14 matchups, while the Muddies won the first 10 meetings. Against Carolina pitching, Frederick is batting just .227 while the pitching staff has a 4.54 ERA. In contrast, the Mudcats are batting .289 off Keys arms and boast a 2.47 ERA. Individually, Josh Hart leads the way with a .308 average.

TODAY’S OPPOSING PITCHER: Seth Webster makes his 19th appearance with Carolina and his 18th start. His most recent outing came last Thursday against Lynchburg. Receiving a no-decision, he allowed one runs on eight hits in seven innings. A pitcher with pinpoint command, Webster has walked only seven in 117.2 innings and leads the minors in SO/BB ratio (12.14) among pitchers with a minimum of 90 innings. The righty is second in the CL in ERA (2.75) and second in WHIP (1.07). Against Frederick he is 3-0 with a 1.74 ERA in three starts. His last win came at Nymeo Field on August 16, a game where Webster threw seven innings and allowed one unearned run. Of his 17 starts, 13 have been quality outings, while he has pitched seven innings or more 12 times. Signed by the Braves as a non-drafted free agent on May 18, Webster made one start at Low-A Rome before joining the Mudcats on May 21. Prior to joining the Braves, Webster pitched for the Schaumberg Boomers of the Frontier League from 2013 through this season. In his career with the Boomers, he went 14-6 with a 2.88 ERA in 300 games while logging 200 innings. Last season, Webster helped guide Schaumburg to the Frontier League championship, going 3-0 with a 0.78 ERA in postseason play. Originally from Alexandria, Louisiana, Webster played college baseball for the Louisiana College Wildcats, a Division III school.

Keys open final homestand tonight!

The Keys managed to stave off elimination as they defeated Winston-Salem on Sunday night. Tonight, Frederick comes to Nymeo Field for their final homestand of the season for seven games closing out the season on Monday. For the first three games of the homestand, the orange and black will be taking on the Carolina Mudcats as they hope to keep their playoff hopes alive. However, if either the Keys lose or Lynchburg wins tonight, Frederick will be eliminated from postseason contention. With the daunting task of keeping his team alive in the playoff hunt, southpaw John Means (0-1, 7.45) will go out for the orange and black making his third start for the team. The Mudcats will counter with Blair Walters (5-8, 2.93) who is making his fourth appearance against the Keys this season. Game time start will be at 7:00 PM.

Tonight’s lineup

Josh Hart CF

Tad Gold RF

Wynston Sawyer C

Yaisel Mederos 1B

Conor Bierfeldt DH

Adrian Marin SS

Derek Peterson 3B

Jay Gonzalez LF

Tanner Witt 2B

Also a number of Keys this season made the Arizona Fall League team in Peoria as Chance Sisco, Donnie Hart, Jon Keller, and Adrian Marin will be playing after this season comes to an end.

Game Notes 9/1

CARONIA HELPS KEYS STEAL WIN: The Frederick Keys scored three times in the ninth inning, while a steal of home by Anthony Caronia helped the orange and black earn a 4-3 comeback win over the Winston-Salem Dash on Sunday afternoon at BB&T Ballpark. Thanks to the come-from-behind win, the Keys kept their playoff hopes alive, while the club snapped a five-game losing streak. Needing two runs to stay alive in the ninth, Conor Bierfeldt opened the inning with a double off Brad Goldberg. He moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a base hit by Derek Peterson. After Josh Hart came on to pinch-run, Caronia tripled home his teammate to level the score. That sent up Stuart Levy, who missed on a suicide squeeze, but Caronia snuck around the tag of Brett Austin to take the lead. Cody Wheeler worked a clean ninth to wrap up the win.

SLIDE SNAPPED: The Keys snapped a five-game losing streak on Sunday at Winston-Salem, and avoided being swept for the fifth time this year. It was tied for the team’s second-longest losing streak of the year. Runs were at a premium over the team’s seven-day roadtrip, as the Keys were outscored 35-15 and shutout three different times. Over the seven-game road stretch, the Keys hit .187 (40-214) and committed 11 errors, resulting in 11 unearned runs.

NEEDING A MIRACLE: In addition to the Keys ending a five-game losing streak, first-place Lynchburg saw its five-game winning streak come to a close. Entering Tuesday, Frederick’s playoff elimination number is one, meaning that a Keys loss or a Lynchburg win over Salem would knock the orange and black out of playoff contention for a fourth straight year. Tonight’s opponent, the Carolina Mudcats, were eliminated from playoff contention on Saturday, when the Dash blanked the Keys 4-0.

WRAPPING UP AUGUST: A win Sunday helped the Keys conclude August on an encouraging note. Despite hitting only .231 as a club (the team’s worst showing in any month) the orange and black finished with a 13-14 August record. The 13 wins are tied for the second-most the Keys have posted in a month. In July, the team went 15-15, while the orange and black went 13-8 in April (the team’s only winning month of the year). On the mound, the Keys registered a 4.19 staff ERA, while David Hess (0.99 ERA) and Mikey O’Brien (1.57) put together outstanding months. Among active players, Conor Bierfeldt led the Keys with a .286 average.

PUT THE SUITCASES AWAY: Sunday marked the Keys final regular season road game. Overall, the team finished 29-41 in games away Nymeo Field, the second-worst mark in the CL. In the second-half, the Keys posted a 16-19 road record. In contrast, Frederick is three games over .500 at home (33-30) for the season but just 14-14 in second-half home affairs. Still, the club has won three of its last four home series.

HEY NOW YOU’RE AN ALL-STAR: On Saturday afternoon, Cody Wheeler was named a Carolina League postseason all-star. He was Frederick’s lone selection. In 42 games this year, the Virginian is 5-1 with 17 saves and a 2.79 ERA. Over 51.2 innings, he has walked 28, struck out 56 and is holding opponents to a .194 average. Entering Tuesday’s action, Wheeler is tops in the CL in saves, appearances and games finished (35).

AN AWARD AND A PROMOTION: The day after winning his second Carolina League “Pitcher of the Week” Award, Keys starter David Hess was promoted to Double-A Bowie. It marks the right-hander’s first call-up to the Eastern League, while he becomes the 15th Frederick player to receive a promotion this season. In 26 games, the Tennessee native went 9-4 with a 3.58 ERA. Over 133.1 innings, he allowed 112 hits, walked 33 and struck out 110. Opponents were batting .224 against him. At the time of his promotion, Hess was second in the CL in batting average against and games started, fourth in strikeouts, fifth in innings pitched and ninth in ERA. In 12 second-half starts, Hess went 7-0 with a 1.34 ERA, the lowest of any starting pitcher in the league.

ROSTER MOVEMENT: With Hess’ call-up to the Baysox, the Keys have activated left-handed reliever Ronan Pacheco from the seven-day DL. Mikey O’Brien has also been placed on the temporary inactive list, while Steel Russell has joined the Keys from Low-A Delmarva.

AGAINST CAROLINA: Frederick plays its penultimate series of the year against the Mudcats. Carolina has already taken the season-series, winning 11 of the 13 matchups, while the Muddies won the first 10 meetings. Against Carolina pitching, Frederick is batting just .229 while the pitching staff has a 4.34 ERA. In contrast, the Mudcats are batting .283 off Keys arms and boast a 2.35 ERA. Individually, Josh Hart leads the way with a .343 average.

TODAY’S OPPOSING PITCHER: Blair Walters makes his 28th appearance of the season and his 21st start. A loser in his last three games, the southpaw’s latest setback came last Wednesday against Wilmington. Tossing 5.2 innings, Walters allowed two runs on seven hits. Walters is fourth in the CL in ERA (2.93), third in batting average against (.243), while he has been very consistent, posting a 2.91 ERA in the first-half and a 2.94 mark in the second stanza. This will be Walters’ fourth appearance against the Keys. Combined he is 0-1 with a 1.98 ERA (13.2 IP/3ER). In five career games against Frederick, Walters is 1-3 with a 3.03 ERA (32.2 IP/11ER).  Signed by Atlanta last July, the lefty went 6-1 with a 2.33 ERA in eight games (seven starts) for Lynchburg (then a Braves affiliate). Prior to joining the Braves, Walters was playing for the Independent Joliet Slammers. A Frontier League All-Star, he pitched to a 2.74 ERA in 75.2 innings. He allowed just 59 hits and struck out 54. Originally selected by the White Sox in the 11th round of the 2011 draft out of the University of Hawaii, Walters was acquired by the Houston Astros in July 2012 along with RHP Matt Heidenreich and RHP Chris Devenski in exchange for RHP Brett Myers. Last March, Walters was released by the Astros after finishing with a combined 7.18 ERA between High-A Lancaster and Triple-A Oklahoma City (one game) in 2013. He throws a fastball, a curveball, a slider and a changeup.

Time to Get Moving!

Good Afternoon Keys Fans!

The Keys saw their elimination number pared down to five on Thursday night following a 5-4 loss to Winston-Salem coupled with a Lynchburg win over Carolina. Frederick has now lost three straight games, and must move quickly with only 10 games remaining in the season.

Seven of those will come against Winston-Salem, a team that has posted the league’s top record since the all-star break, but is one that the Keys have fared well against. This season, Orlando Gomez’s team has gone 8-6 against the Dash, and have come away victorious in three of the four sets this year. Remember, the last time Frederick visited the Triad, the Dash won game one, before the orange and black won the remaining games in the series. Here’s to hoping the story line will be similar this time.

Although the transaction is not official yet, congratulations to former Keys outfielder Dariel Alvarez who is expected to receive his first call to the majors. In 130 games with Triple-A Norfolk this year, he was batting .275 with 16 home runs and 72 RBIs. Over 10 games with Frederick in 2013, he hit .436 with two homers and seven RBIs.

As a visiting broadcaster with Wilmington at the time, I got a chance to see Alvarez play. His arm was a cannon, while I saw one of his two home runs against Blue Rocks flamethrower Angel Baez. Alvarez got a high fastball and absolutely PUMMELED it. Two years later, it still ranks as one of the longest home runs I have seen hit at Nymeo Field. Alvarez 640

Not to be left out, another former Key, Jason Gurka, has been called up to the Rockies this afternoon. Some of you may remember that Gurka threw the final pitch of the 2011 season. When Alvarez and Gurka make their big league debuts they will be 140th and 141st Keys to reach the big leagues.

In total eight former Keys have been called up to the show this year.  Others that have gotten the call this include: Mychal Givens, Tyler Wilson, Mike Wright, Oliver Drake, Eduardo Rodriguez and Scott Copeland.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 p.m tonight from BB&T Ballpark. Mitch Horacek gets the ball for the Keys and will be opposed by Dash right-hander Carson Fulmer. If the name sounds familiar, Fulmer was Chicago’s first round pick this season following a stellar college career at Vanderbilt.

Doug Raftery has the call tonight on 1450 AM The Source and frederickkeys.com. Today’s batch of game notes are below.

Shake your Keys!

Geoff

Friday, August 28, 2015 · Game #131 · Road Games #68

Frederick Keys (61-69/29-31) vs Winston-Salem Dash (67-61/37-21)

LHP Mitch Horacek (7-15, 4.54) vs. RHP Carson Fulmer (0-2, 2.81)

DASH BREAK THROUGH IN SIXTH: The Frederick Keys went 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position and left 11 on base in a 5-4 loss to the Winston-Salem Dash on Thursday night at BB&T Ballpark. To go along with the setback, a Lynchburg win over Carolina pushes the Keys six games back in the CL North standings with 10 games remaining. Frederick jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the fourth, after a solo home run by Adrian Marin, as well as an RBI fielder’s choice by Tanner Witt. The Dash countered with five unanswered runs, tying the game on a two-run double by Trey Michalczewski in the fifth, before two errors opened the door to a three-run Winston-Salem sixth. Marin committed consecutive errors at shortstop to open the inning to put runners at the corners. Nolan Early followed with an RBI groundout, before Michael Danner drove in the other two runs with a double to left. In the seventh, the orange and black pulled within a run on a two-run single by Derek Peterson, but could not capitalize with the bases loaded in the eighth.

NEED TO GET MOVING: The Keys have dropped three straight games, while at the same time, first-place Lynchburg has rattled off three straight wins. That has cut the Keys elimination number to five, meaning that any combination of Keys losses and Hillcats wins which equal five will knock the Keys out of playoff contention. Making matters worse, the orange and black face a Winston-Salem team that holds the top mark of an CL team in the second-half (37-21) and is on the verge of clinching its first playoff berth since 2012. Entering Friday, the Dash’s magic number to clinch a playoff spot is four.

SCORELESS STRING ENDS:  On Thursday, The Keys ended a 23.1 inning scoreless stretch when Adrian Marin hit a solo home run with one out in the fourth inning. It marked the first time the Keys had scored since the front-end of Tuesday’s doubleheader at Potomac, when the Keys scored once in the third inning. The 23.1 frames ranks as the club’s second-longest scoring drought of the season. This year’s high is 28.2 innings from June 29-July 2 against Wilmington and Potomac. During that time, the Keys were shutout in consecutive games (June 30-July 1).

LOOKING FOR THE LEATHER:  Frederick has committed an error in five straight games, while in four of those contests the Keys have committed two errors. As a result, 12 of the last 31 runs allowed by Keys pitching have been unearned. This season, the orange and black are tied for fifth in fielding percentage (.973) with Potomac and Winston-Salem, but have committed the third-most errors (131) in the league.

AGAINST WINSTON-SALEM: There is no team that Frederick will see more than Winston-Salem over the last week and a half of the season. Seven of Frederick’s last 10 games will come against the Dash, a team that the Keys have gone 8-6 against this year. The Keys have won the only head-to-head battle at BB&T Ballpark, claiming two of three over Fourth of July weekend. Offensively, the orange and black are batting .274 against the Dash and hold a 4.37 ERA. Winston-Salem is batting .238 off Keys arms but boast a 3.48 staff ERA.

THE HESS EXPRESS: David Hess put together his first professional complete game and his first shutout in the front-end of Tuesday’s twinbill. Delivering seven innings, the Tennessee allowed just one hit, walked one and struck out five. The only hit Hess allowed was a single to David Masters in the third. It was the second one-hitter by a Carolina League pitcher this season, while Hess picked up his fourth win in five August outings. Since the start of the month, the right-hander is 4-0 with a 0.99 ERA (27.1 IP/3ER) and is holding opponents to a .186 average. Hess has not allowed a run in his last 11.1 innings to trim his ERA to 3.58, ninth-best in the circuit.

STREAKS WERE MEANT TO BE BROKEN: Garrett Cortright saw his scoreless innings streak conclude on Tuesday at 12.1 innings, while it marked the first time he had allowed an earned run in an eye-popping 36.1 innings. Prior to Tuesday, Cortright had not given up an earned run since May 30 when he was pitching for Low-A Delmarva. The four runs were a season-high for Cortright, who had allowed three runs just once (on May 30). Overall 2015 has been an outstanding one for the former Canisius product, who is 3-2 with a 1.08 ERA over 42 combined games between Frederick and Delmarva.

O’BRIEN NAMED PITCHER OF THE WEEK: On Monday, Mikey O’Brien was named the Carolina League’s “Pitcher of the Week” for August 17-23. The honor comes after O’Brien threw a seven-inning no-hitter at Lynchburg on Thursday in the back-end of a quasi-doubleheader. Over seven innings he struck out nine, walked one and allowed only two baserunners to reach. The right-hander retired 19 of the last 20 batters he faced. The no-hitter was the fourth individual no-hitter in club history, as O’Brien joined Nathan Moreau, John Maine and Eric Shullstrom as the only Keys pitchers to throw their own no-no.

TODAY’S OPPOSING PITCHER: Right-hander Carson Fulmer makes his seventh start with the Dash on Friday and his eighth since signing with the White Sox on July 3. The eighth overall pick in this year’s draft, Fulmer received a reported signing bonus of $3,470,600. All of Fulmer’s outings with the Dash have been three innings or less, while each of his last four starts have gone three frames. His most recent came last Saturday against Carolina. Receiving a no-decision, he allowed one run on two hits over three frames to go with three walks and three strikeouts. With the Dash he has struck out 17 over 16 stanzas to go with seven walks and is holding opponents to a .196 average. As a junior at Vanderbilt, Fulmer led his team to a runner-up finish at the College World Series. Named the SEC “Pitcher of the Year” and first-team All-America by Baseball America, he went 14-2 with a 1.83 ERA, to go with 167 strikeouts in 127.2 innings. Opponents hit .180 against him. Fulmer led the NCAA in wins and was second in strikeouts. Additionally, the 167 punchouts were the second-most in school history (big leaguer David Price registered 194 in ’07). The Floridian was also drafted by Boston in the 15th round of the 2012 MLB draft from All Saints (FL) Academy but did not sign. He throws a fastball, a curveball and a changeup.

 

It’s on to Winston-Salem!

Good Evening Keys Fans!

The Keys try and snap a 20-inning scoreless stretch on Thursday night, when the club takes on the Winston-Salem Dash in the Ole North state. Frederick fell to Potomac 10-0 on Wednesday, as the Nationals scored multiple runs in three of their first three trips to bat.

Left-hander John Means gets the ball for the Keys in game one and will be opposed by Dash right-hander Spencer Adams. First pitch is slated for 7:00 p.m and the broadcast can be heard on 1450 AM The Source and frederickkeys.com. Doug Raftery has the call.

Tonight’s notes are below. Shake your keys!

Geoff

Thursday, August 27, 2015 · Game #130 · Road Games #67

Frederick Keys (61-68/29-30) vs Winston-Salem Dash (66-61/36-21)

LHP John Means (0-1, 10.80) vs. RHP Spencer Adams (1-0, 3.48)

ONE OF THOSE NIGHTS: The Potomac Nationals scored in each of their first four at-bats, tallying three different multi-run innings during that time, en route to a 10-0 shutout of the Frederick Keys on Wednesday night at Pfitzner Stadium. It marked the second straight game where the orange and black had been shut out by the P-Nats. Coupled with a Lynchburg win over Salem and it moved the Keys five games back in the CL North standings with 11 games remaining. Luis Gonzalez struggled over 2.2 innings, allowing eight runs (six earned) on eight hits. Four of those runs scored in the first, as Grant DeBruin drove in Rafael Bautista with an RBI single, before Narciso Mesa hit a three-run homer off the leftfield foul pole. DeBruin (walk) and Mesa (sac-fly) posted RBIs during a three-run P-Nats second, before an RBI double by Bautista and two wild pitches by Dylan Rheault in the fourth completed Potomac’s scoring. Optioned to the Nationals before the game, big leaguer Tanner Roark made the start and tossed four clean innings, while Brian Dupra followed suit to earn the win

LOOKING FOR A SPARK:  Offensively, the Keys have struggled since the first game of their Tuesday doubleheader at Potomac. The Keys have not scored a run in their last 20 innings (dating back to the third inning of game one on Tuesday). That marks the club’s second-longest scoring drought of the season. This year’s high is 28.2 innings from June 29-July 2 against Wilmington and Potomac. During that time, the Keys were also shutout in consecutive games (June 30-July 1).

SHUTOUT NOTES: This season, the Keys have endured consecutive shutout losses twice. Prior to the second game of Tuesday’s twinbill, Frederick had not been shutout since July 21. Since the all-star break, the Keys are 5-5 in shutout games, while the team’s shutout record for the year is 8-10. Although that mark is second-worst among CL teams, Wilmington, Myrtle Beach and Carolina have all been shutout more.

WRAPPING UP DIVISIONAL PLAY: The Keys wrapped up divisional play on Wednesday. With the loss, the club finishes the year with a 35-36 mark against divisional opponents. In spite of finishing one game below .500, Frederick posted winning records against Potomac (13-9) and Lynchburg (12-11). Most of the team’s struggles came against Wilmington (10-16).

NEED TO GET MOVING: With time running out, the Keys saw their playoff elimination number drop to seven with only 11 games remaining in the season. That means any combination of Frederick losses and Lynchburg wins which equals seven will knock the Keys out of playoff contention. Making matters worse, the orange and black face a Winston-Salem team that holds the top mark of an CL team in the second-half (36-21) and is on the verge of clinching its first playoff berth since 2012. Entering Thursday, the Dash’s magic number to clinch a playoff spot is six.

AGAINST WINSTON-SALEM: There is no team that Frederick will see more than Winston-Salem over the last week and a half of the season. Eight of Frederick’s last 11 games will come against the Dash, a team that the Keys have gone 8-5 against this year. Winston-Salem has had more problems with Frederick than any team on their schedule, with the Keys taking three of the four series. Head-to-head, the orange and black are batting .271 against the Dash and hold a 4.51 ERA. Winston-Salem is batting .243 off Keys arms but boast a 3.44 staff ERA.

THE HESS EXPRESS: David Hess put together his first professional complete game and his first shutout in the front-end of Tuesday’s twinbill. Delivering seven innings, the Tennessee allowed just one hit, walked one and struck out five. The only hit Hess allowed was a single to David Masters in the third. It was the second one-hitter by a Carolina League pitcher this season, while Hess picked up his fourth win in five August outings. Since the start of the month, the right-hander is 4-0 with a 0.99 ERA (27.1 IP/3ER) and is holding opponents to a .186 average. Hess has not allowed a run in his last 11.1 innings to trim his ERA to 3.58, ninth-best in the circuit.

STREAKS WERE MEANT TO BE BROKEN: Garrett Cortright saw his scoreless innings streak conclude on Tuesday at 12.1 innings, while it marked the first time he had allowed an earned run in an eye-popping 36.1 innings. Prior to last night, Cortright had not given up an earned run since May 30 when he was pitching for Low-A Delmarva. The four runs were a season-high for Cortright, who had allowed three runs just once (on May 30). Overall 2015 has been an outstanding one for the former Canisius product, who is 3-1 with a 1.11 ERA over 41 combined games between Frederick and Delmarva.

O’BRIEN NAMED PITCHER OF THE WEEK: On Monday, Mikey O’Brien was named the Carolina League’s “Pitcher of the Week” for August 17-23. The honor comes after O’Brien threw a seven-inning no-hitter at Lynchburg on Thursday in the back-end of a quasi-doubleheader. Over seven innings he struck out nine, walked one and allowed only two baserunners to reach. The right-hander retired 19 of the last 20 batters he faced. The no-hitter was the fourth individual no-hitter in club history, as O’Brien joined Nathan Moreau, John Maine and Eric Shullstrom as the only Keys pitchers to throw their own no-no.

TODAY’S OPPOSING PITCHERS: Right-hander Spencer Adams makes his 22nd overall start this season and his third with the Dash. Combined between Winston-Salem and Low-A Kannapolis he is 10-5 with a 3.26 ERA. With the Dash he is 1-0 with a 3.48 ERA over two starts. Adams’ most recent outing came last Thursday against Myrtle Beach. Receiving a no-decision, he allowed four runs on eight hits in 4.1 innings. He walked two and struck out four. Promoted to Winston-Salem on July 19, Adams went 9-5 with a 3.24 ERA at Kannapolis and was 12th in the SAL in ERA at the time he was moved up. Entering the year ranked as the No. 3 prospect in the White Sox system according to Baseball America, Adams was selected by Chicago in the second round of the 2014 draft out of White County High School. Just 19 years old, the right-hander went 3-3 with a 3.67 ERA with the AZL White Sox after signing. He posted a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 14.8 and struck out nearly 13 batters per nine innings. Adams was committed to the University of Georgia out of White County (GA) High School but elected to go pro. He throws a fastball, a slider and a changeup.

Time to Wrap up Divisional Play Strong!

Good Afternoon Keys Fans!

The Keys wrap up their divisional slate against the Potomac Nationals on Wednesday night at Pfitzner Stadium. With a victory tonight, Frederick can clinch a winning record over its division rivals. Sitting at 35-35 for the year, the Keys hold a 13-8 mark against the P-Nats. That is the Keys top mark against any CL opponent this year.

Luis Gonzalez makes the start for the Keys tonight and will be opposed by Austen Williams. First pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m and the broadcast can be heard on 1450 AM The Source and frederickkeys.com. Doug Raftery has the call.

Lineups will be posted shortly, while today’s batch of game notes is below.

Talk soon and shake your Keys!

Geoff

Wednesday, August 26, 2015 · Game #129 · Road Games #66

Frederick Keys (61-67/29-29) vs Potomac Nationals (59-68/26-31)

LHP Luis Gonzalez (5-10, 6.79) vs. RHP Austen Williams (4-4, 2.62)

KEYS AND NATIONALS SWAP SHUTOUTS: The Frederick Keys and the Potomac Nationals exchanged shutouts as the two sides split a doubleheader on Tuesday night at Pfitzner Stadium. In game one, David Hess led the orange and black to a 4-0 victory, posting the first complete game shutout of his career. At the plate, the Keys scored three times in the second against Tyler Mapes. With a pair in scoring position and two outs, Derek Peterson drove in both men with a single to center, before scoring on an RBI double by Josh Hart. P-Nats starter, Ian Dickson, was effectively wild in game two but guided the Nationals to a 7-0 win. Despite walking four and throwing only 44 of his 85 pitches for strikes, the right-hander tossed five shutout innings of one-hit baseball. The Nationals scored once in the third, before adding six more runs in their last two at-bats. Four of those runs were pinned on Garrett Cortright, but only two were earned due to a throwing error by the Keys pitcher.

THE HESS EXPRESS: David Hess put together his first professional complete game and his first shutout in the front-end of Tuesday’s twinbill. Delivering seven innings, the Tennessee allowed just one hit, walked one and struck out five. The only hit Hess allowed was a single to David Masters in the third. It was the second one-hitter by a Carolina League pitcher this season, while Hess picked up his fourth win in five August outings. Since the start of the month, the right-hander is 4-0 with a 0.99 ERA (27.1 IP/3ER) and is holding opponents to a .186 average. Hess has not allowed a run in his last 11.1 innings to trim his ERA to 3.58, ninth-best in the circuit.

SHUTOUT NOTES: On Tuesday, the orange and black posted their second shutout win in five games, but were also blanked for the first time since July 21. In that game, the Nationals defeated the Keys 7-0 at Nymeo Field. Since the all-star break, the Keys are 5-4 in shutout games, while the team’s shutout record for the year is 8-9. Although that mark is second-worst among CL teams, Wilmington, Myrtle Beach, Carolina and Salem have all been shutout more.

ONE LAST TASTE OF DIVISIONAL PLAY: The Keys will play their final divisional game of the year on Wednesday. Frederick is currently four games out of first with an elimination number of nine. Any combination of Lynchburg wins/Frederick losses will trim that mark. Against the Nationals, the Keys are 13-8 and have fared better against the Nationals than any other CL team this year. Tonight, the Keys will try for a win to clinch a winning regular season record against divisional opposition. Frederick claimed its season-set with Lynchburg (12-11) while ending 10-16 against Wilmington.

YET ANOTHER RUBBER GAME: For the second straight series (and the third time in five sets) the orange and black will play a rubber game. In deciding games this year, the Keys are 7-8 following a 9-7 loss to Myrtle Beach on Sunday. This season, the Keys and Nationals have played two rubber games, with both sides winning one each.

STREAKS WERE MEANT TO BE BROKEN: Garrett Cortright saw his scoreless innings streak conclude on Tuesday at 12.1 innings, while it marked the first time he had allowed an earned run in an eye-popping 36.1 innings. Prior to last night, Cortright had not given up an earned run since May 30 when he was pitching for Low-A Delmarva. The four runs were a season-high for Cortright, who had allowed three runs just once (on May 30). Overall 2015 has been an outstanding one for the former Canisius product, who is 3-1 with a 1.11 ERA over 41 combined games between Frederick and Delmarva.

COME BACK BALL!: After not allowing any more than three home runs in their first 124 games, Keys pitching surrendered four home runs on both Saturday and Sunday. That accounted for 18 of Myrtle Beach’s 19 runs over the last two days of the two teams’ recent series. Three of those came from Ben Carhart, who became the fourth opposing player to hit two home runs in a game off Keys pitching this year. Meanwhile, Mitch Horacek (three), John Means (two) and Dylan Rheault (two) either set or tied their career-highs for home runs allowed. This season, Keys pitching has given up 81 home runs, tops in the CL.

O’BRIEN NAMED PITCHER OF THE WEEK: On Monday, Mikey O’Brien was named the Carolina League’s “Pitcher of the Week” for August 17-23. The honor comes after O’Brien threw a seven-inning no-hitter at Lynchburg on Thursday in the back-end of a quasi-doubleheader. Over seven innings he struck out nine, walked one and allowed only two baserunners to reach. The right-hander retired 19 of the last 20 batters he faced. The no-hitter was the fourth individual no-hitter in club history, as O’Brien joined Nathan Moreau, John Maine and Eric Shullstrom as the only Keys pitchers to throw their own no-no.

AGAINST POTOMAC: Frederick is 13-8 against the Nationals this year, and 8-4 in games at Pfitzner Stadium, the Keys best mark in any road venue this season. As a team, the Keys are batting .234 against Potomac and boast a 3.33 staff ERA. P-Nats hitters are batting .246 against the Keys and hold a 3.14 staff ERA.

TODAY’S OPPOSING PITCHERS: Right-hander Austen Williams makes his 22nd overall start on Wednesday and his ninth with the Nationals. Combined between Potomac, Low-A Hagerstown and Triple-A Syracuse Williams is 12-6 with a 2.59 ERA over 121.2 innings. With the Nationals, he is 4-4 with a 2.62 ERA in eight games. His most recent outing came last Friday at Lynchburg. Tagged with the loss, Williams allowed five runs (four earned) on six hits over six innings. He walked one and struck out six. That loss ended a three-game winning streak for the 22-year-old, who had allowed just one earned run in 18 innings over that time (all six inning starts). Promoted to Potomac from Low-A Hagerstown on July 8, Williams went 8-1 with a 2.10 ERA in 13 starts (73 innings) and was named a South Atlantic League all-star. Wednesday marks the second time the Texan will face the Keys. Facing them on July 22, Williams suffered the loss, giving up four runs (two earned) on five hits in 4.2 innings.  A pitcher known for very good command, Williams has a BB/9IP ratio of 2.0 this season, while is equal to his career mark. Selected by Washington in the sixth round of the 2014 draft out Texas State, Williams was a college teammate of Keys pitcher Donnie Hart. Drafted after his junior year, he went 8-3 with a 3.65 ERA for the Bobcats as the team’s Friday starter. Hoping to go to Texas Tech like many of his family members, Williams was not recruited by the Red Raiders since they did not think he threw hard enough. Williams throws a fastball, a curveball and a changeup.

Let’s Play Two!

Good Afternoon Keys Fans!

Well Monday night’s game might have been rained out, but it means that tonight, it’s double the pleasure, double the fun and yes…double the baseball!

The Keys and Nationals will play a doubleheader starting at 5:00 p.m from the “Rusty Tank” aka. Pfitzner Stadium. As amazing as this sounds, this will be Frederick’s first true doubleheader since the all-star break. In three twinbills this season, the Keys are 5-1, the top mark in the Carolina League.

That being said,  the Keys have played the fewest twinbills in the league…by far. Every other team has played at least six. We’ll chalk it up to outstanding groundskeeping at Nymeo Field (where all three have taken place) and some goodwill from the baseball gods.

A sweep of the doubleheader would give the Keys a big lift. After a loss by Lynchburg last night, the orange and black are within 3.5 games of the Hillcats for first place.

The Keys will have two of their best on the mound tonight, as David Hess starts game one for the Keys and Mikey O’Brien gets the ball in game two. Some of you might recall what O’Brien did in his last start.

To say O’Brien being named Carolina League Pitcher of the Week after his no-no was not surprising would be the understatement of the season.

O'Brien POW 640

Potomac has not fared well against their Beltway rival this season, dropping 12 of the 17 head-to-heads. However, the Nationals will have some reinforcements tonight, as Dan Uggla and Tyler Moore join the P-Nats on big league rehab assignments.

As a broadcasters aside, here is one of my favorite home run calls involving Dan Uggla:

First pitch is slated for 5:00 p.m tonight as Tyler Mapes pitches for the P-Nats in game one and Ian Dickson gets the ball in game two. Both are right-hander pitchers, while both of tonight’s games can be heard on 1450 AM The Source and frederickkeys.com. Doug Raftery will keep you company on the radio.

Doug will post both lineups later on, but until that time, check out today’s game notes.

Shake your Keys!

Geoff

Tuesday, August 25, 2015 · Game #127/#128 · Road Games #64/#65

Frederick Keys (60-66/28-28) vs Potomac Nationals (58-67/25-30)

G1: RHP David Hess (8-4, 3.78) vs. RHP Tyler Mapes (4-2, 2.51)

RAIN, RAIN GO AWAY: The Frederick Keys and the Potomac Nationals were postponed on Monday night due to rain. That sets up a doubleheader on Tuesday night at Pfitzner Stadium, beginning at 5 p.m. Both games will be seven innings. This season, the Keys have played three true doubleheaders (quasi-doubleheaders excluded). All took place in the first half, with the Keys sweeping two (both against Lynchburg) and splitting the other against Myrtle Beach. Frederick’s 5-1 doubleheader record is the best in the Carolina League, while Potomac’s 7-7 mark places them fifth. The Keys three doubleheaders are by far the fewest in the CL, as all other teams have played at least six twinbills.

LONGBALL HELPS PELICANS WITHSTAND LATE RALLY: The Frederick Keys rallied for three runs in the ninth inning, but four Myrtle Beach Pelicans home runs proved to be too much to overcome, in a 9-7 setback on Sunday afternoon at Nymeo Field. With the loss, the season-series ends in an 8-8 draw. Down 5-4 going to the ninth inning, the Keys committed a critical error which opened the gates to a four-run Pelicans frame. With two outs and a runner at first, Chesny Young hit a groundball to Tanner Witt at third, which appeared to be the final out of the inning. However, Witt’s throw sailed into rightfield to put runners at the corners. From there, Pin-Chieh Chen singled home Kevin Brown, while Ben Carhart hit a three-run homer to left. Despite holding a five-run lead, the Pelicans turned to their closer Jasvir Rakkar, who needed 31 pitches to get through the home-ninth. Two walks and a single by Jeff Kemp loaded the bases with one out, before Wynston Sawyer drove in a run with a sac-fly. An infield single by Tad Gold then reloaded the bases for Adrian Marin. He hit a groundball to third, but Carhart’s throw sailed into right, allowing two more runs to score. In the end, the comeback came up short though, as Conor Bierfeldt bounced out to end the game.

COME BACK BALL!: After not allowing any more than three home runs in their first 124 games, Keys pitching has surrendered four home runs in back-to-back contests. That accounted for 18 of the Pelicans 19 runs over the last two days of the series. Three of those came from Ben Carhart, who became the fourth opposing player to hit two home runs in a game off Keys pitching this year. Meanwhile, Mitch Horacek (three), John Means (two) and Dylan Rheault (two) either set or tied their career-highs for home runs allowed. This season, Keys pitching has given up 81 home runs, tops in the CL.

ONE LAST TASTE OF DIVISIONAL PLAY: For the final time in the regular season, the Keys will face a divisional opponent when they begin a three-game series with the Potomac Nationals on Tuesday. Frederick is currently 2.5 games ahead of Potomac in the CL North standings, while the orange and black have already claimed the season-set against the P-Nats. Owners of a 12-5 record against the P-Nats, the Keys have fared better against the Nationals than any other CL team this year. The last time the Keys faced the Nationals, the orange and black earned a three-game sweep (July 22-24).

HERE COME THE BATS: After scoring three runs or less in seven straight games, the Keys offense has shown some improvement in its last three contests, posting four runs or more each time. Ending with seven runs and 11 hits, the Keys put together their most productive day at the plate since August 12, when the team scored 10 runs on 14 hits against Lynchburg. Another encouraging sign, was the Keys 5-for-14 showing with runners in scoring position, after the team went just 9-for-64 (.141) in its previous nine games. This season when Frederick scores four or more runs in a game, the team is 45-16 as opposed to 15-50 when tallying three or less.

O’BRIEN NAMED PITCHER OF THE WEEK: On Monday, Mikey O’Brien was named the Carolina League’s “Pitcher of the Week” for August 17-23. The honor comes after O’Brien threw a seven-inning no-hitter at Lynchburg on Thursday in the back-end of a quasi-doubleheader. Over seven innings he struck out nine, walked one and allowed only two baserunners to reach. The right-hander retired 19 of the last 20 batters he faced. The no-hitter was the fourth individual no-hitter in club history, as O’Brien joined Nathan Moreau, John Maine and Eric Shullstrom as the only Keys pitchers to throw their own no-no. Outstanding since his return from Double-A, O’Brien has not allowed a run in his last 17.1 innings and has not given up an earned marker in his last 19.1 stanzas.

SAWYER SLUGGING: Wynston Sawyer has driven in six runs in his last four games, while he is 4 for his last 11 at the plate. Three of those hits have gone for extra-bases, while Sawyer hit home runs on both Friday and Saturday, his first two longballs of the year. Entering Monday with 32 RBIs, nearly half of them have come in the month of August, as Sawyer has 15 in 18 games.

AGAINST POTOMAC: Frederick is 12-7 against the Nationals this year, and 7-3 in games at Pfitzner Stadium, the Keys mark in any road venue this season. As a team, the Keys are batting .242 against Potomac and boast a 3.37 staff ERA. P-Nats hitters are batting .251 against the Keys and hold a 3.24 staff ERA. Individually, the Keys are led by Conor Bierfeldt, who is batting .300 (6-for-20) against Nationals arms over eight games.

ANOTHER PHOTO FINISH: Since Frederick’s 8-2 loss to Lynchburg last Tuesday night, four of the Keys last five games have been decided by two runs or less. Since July 25, 19 of the Keys last 27 games have come down to three runs or less (the Keys are 12-15 during that time). Frederick has fared well in nail-bitters this season, with the team boasting a 22-17 mark in one-run games (second-best in the league) and the circuit’s top mark in two-run games (15-9).

STILL STREAKING: Garrett Cortright kept his scoreless innings streak intact last Thursday, tossing two clean innings. Dating back to his time at Low-A Delmarva, the New York native has not allowed a run in his last 11.2 frames while he has not surrendered an earned run in an eye-popping 35.2 innings (the last earned run he allowed came on May 30). Over six games with the Keys, Cortright has tossed nine scoreless innings, giving up five hits to go with a walk and six strikeouts. Opponents are batting only .167 against him.

TODAY’S OPPOSING PITCHERS: Right-hander Tyler Mapes makes his 30th appearance this season and his sixth start. Combined between Potomac and Low-A Hagerstown he is 5-2 with a 2.32 ERA and has logged 77.2 innings. His most recent outing came at Wilmington last Tuesday. Tossing a season-high six innings, Mapes picked up the win allowing one run on five hits. He walked one and struck out five. Promoted to the Nationals on April 20, Mapes is 4-2 with one save and a 2.51 ERA over 27 games (five starts) for the Nationals. Outstanding as a starter with Potomac, the right-hander has gone 3-0 with a 0.78 ERA (23 IP/2ER) while he has struck out 17 and walked only one. Opponents are batting nearly 100 points lower when Mapes starts (.205) compared to when he throws in relief (.300). Last season, Mapes turned in a combined 1.14 ERA over 17 games (all in relief) between the GCL Nationals and Short-Season Auburn. Selected by Washington in the 30th round of the 2014 draft out of Tulane, Mapes pitched three seasons for the Green Wave and went 5-5 with a 2.20 ERA as a redshirt senior. A pitcher with outstanding command, Mapes left the school with the eighth-best single-season BB/9IP ratio (1.65). One of three colleges Mapes attended, the Texan spent one season at the Naval Academy (2010) and one year at Navarro College (2011) where he helped lead the Bulldogs to an NJCAA National Championship and was a third-team All-American. Mapes throws a fastball, a slider and a split-changeup. Ian Dickson makes the game two start for the P-Nats. Splitting time between the rotation and the bullpen, the right-hander’s most recent outing came last Wednesday at Wilmington. Pitching two innings of relief, Dickson allowed two runs on two hits. Prior to that game, Dickson made four consecutive starts. As a starter is he is 2-2 in five games with a 4.50 ERA. Dickson opened the year on the disabled list, and joined the team on July 2. With the Nationals in 2014, he went 5-9 with a 4.37 ERA. He was acquired from the Cubs in a trade for Nationals right-hander Henry Rodriguez in June 2013.

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