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Three More Games

This 25th season of Keys baseball is coming to an end, but we made sure to make it as action packed as possible.  Let’s take a quick look at the happenings at The Grove for the final weekend of 2013.

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Your favorite alien, tonight at Harry Grove Stadium.

Before we get into the games, make sure you come out to the final Flying Dog Left Field Movie series showing of E.T. The Extra Terrestrial. That is tonight, August 30th, at 8PM with gates opening at 7PM. Even if you have seen the movie before, you probably haven’t inside the friendly confines of your neighborhood baseball stadium. Tickets are cheap and still available ($7 for adults and $5 for youth). You can purchase tickets at the gate. May I also mention, there is FREE Fun Zone for kids, you can have catch in the outfield from 7-8pm and we will also have a special happy hour featuring beer exclusively from Flying Dog Brewery. Great event for the family, so come on out tonight.

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Starting tomorrow, the 31st, the Keys welcome in the Carolina League powerhouse in the Potomac Nationals. Going into tonight, the P-Nats lead the league with a record of 82-53, winners of the first and second half. They will play Lynchburg in round one of the playoffs. Enough of that yip-yap…let’s get to the good stuff.

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Meet Joe Jacoby and get your hog nose! Gates open at 5PM.

The big event tomorrow night is the appearance of Redskin Hall-of-Famer, Joe Jacoby. Joe will be here from 6-8PM signing programs, footballs or perhaps even your hog nose. That is right, the first 600 fans through the gates will receive the hog nose pictured above. For more information on Joe’s appearance, check out our earlier blog post hereIf you aren’t a Skins fan, make sure to sport your favorite team’s football jersey as part of Salute to the Gridiron Night.

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Tuscarora HS Marching Band played on-field August 9th. Oakdale HS Marching band takes the stage on Satuday Night.

In addition to Jacoby, make sure to also get here early for a performance on-field by the Oakdale High School Marching Band. They will be performing from 5:25-5:35 in right field. There is also a fundraising event going on with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, so all funds from our wheel of fun (located on the 1B concourse) and 50/50 raffle with benefit their cause. It also wouldnt be a weekend night game here at The Grove without a Fireworks spectacular (presented by Verizon Wireless), so make sure to stay in your seats after the final out. Kids, per usual, will run the bases as well.

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Sunday marks the 2nd Annual Guns vs. Hoses game at Harry Grove Stadium. Game begins at 3:30PM.

Sunday, we have some early pre-game activities as we host the 2nd annual Guns vs. Hoses softball game. The Frederick County Fire Dept. and Police Dept. will go head to head at 3:30PM. Last year, the Hoses (Fire Dept), came out on top so make sure to come see if the Guns can even the series on Sunday. Tickets will benefit the local police & fire departments and are just $10. For more info on that, head on to their website by clicking hereThe $10 ticket includes admission to the Charity Softball Game and the Keys game against the Nationals that evening. Regular gates open at 5PM for the 6PM contest. Sunday, as always, is Sunday Funday, presented by the Fun Bus. For the final time this season, fans can have catch in the outfield from 5-5:30 and get autographs from two Keys players on the concourse. Pre-game there will be a special Police K-9 demo along with a Police Athletic League Parade. All proceeds from our wheel and 50/50 will benefit the P.A.L. at Sunday’s game, so make sure to show your support. Sunday marks the final fireworks game of the season as well.

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Thank you fans for another successful season!

Monday marks the final game of the 2013 season and a game where we salute to you, the fans. Each fan upon entry will receive a raffle ticket that will be good to win a plethora of available prizes including signed memorabilia from former Keys players and Orioles tickets! The Labor Day matinee will begin at 2PM with gates opening at 1PM. If the Fan Appreciation raffle isn’t enough for you, we will also have another raffle for game-worn 25th season hats. The hats will have the Frederick Eagle insignia on it. Make sure to enter to win a hat at Guest Services when you enter the gates.

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Keys players will wear hats with this throwback logo on Monday afternoon.

If you’re wondering what is going to be done with the throwback jerseys the Keys have worn on Thursdays this season, we will be conducting a post-season online auction for those hot ticket items. Stay tuned for more info on that.

Monday is also our final Open Club Day of the year. Anyone with a ticket can check out the Mattress Warehouse Club upstairs for FREE. Enjoy baseball from a great view and purchase food from a phenomenal sports pub menu. Check out that menu hereKids 12 & Under also eat free, courtesy of Key 103. Every kid will receive a voucher upon entry for a free hot dogs, chips and soft drink.

We hope to see everyone here for the final weekend of baseball here in Frederick for 2013. You can buy tickets online 24/7, via the phone at 301-815-9939 or at our box office as well.

Key Notes

*Michael Ohlman & Tim Berry join other O’s prospects this fall in the Arizona Fall League.  Check out that story here.

*Ohlman was honored as the Carolina League’s top catcher as he was the lone backstop selected as a member of the Carolina League Postseason All-Star Team. He leads the league in slugging and is tops in other categories during his best professional season thus far. You can check out the press release for that here.

*The Keys look to get back on track against Salem tonight in their final road game of 2013. Zach Clark takes the hill against the Red Sox Brian Johnson. Clark, the Keys knuckleballer, enters the night with a 9.60 ERA but has improved lately, allowing no earned runs over his last two starts, which covered 11 innings. In case you missed it, Zach was featured in a NY Times article not so long ago. Check that out here.

*Keys pitching coach Kennie Steenstra and pitcher Tim Berry are the latest additions to the twitterverse. Make sure to follow Kennie (@21stra) and Tim (@xTimBerry) on Twitter if you have an account.

*Former Key, Xavier Avery, was traded to Seattle today in exchange for outfielder Mike Morse. Avery hit .280 and swiped 28 bags in 2010 as a member of the Keys. He is the second prospect to be dealt to the Mariners this season. Ty Kelly was traded for Eric Thames back in June.

Shake your Keys.

 

Rounding the Bases with Chaz Packan: Michael Ohlman Q&A

Michael Ohlman hit his 12th homer of the season in Monday's win at Winston-Salem.

Michael Ohlman leads active Keys with 12 home runs and 48 RBIs.

On Thursday, July 18,  I had the chance to sit down with Keys catcher Michael Ohlman for a “Keys Q & A” for this week’s edition of Rounding the Bases.

Chaz Packan: How do you feel about playing in the Australian Baseball League last winter?

Michael Ohlman: “It was fantastic the whole experience and the culture were amazing, I got setup with a great host family and the guys on the team were great”.

CP: What has been your key to success at the plate this season so far?

MO:  “Not getting myself out and getting good pitches to hit”.

CP: What was your first reaction to being drafted by the Orioles in 2009?

MO:  “It was one of the best feelings I have ever had, I had a chance to attend Miami which is a great school but I have no regrets.”

CP:  What Was Your Favorite MLB Team Growing Up?

MO:  “At first I was an Atlanta Braves fan because there was no teams in Florida, then the Rays came and I became a Tampa Bay Rays fan”.

 

Monkeys riding dogs herding sheep

*SATURDAY UPDATE: At last, the day has come.

*FRIDAY UPDATE: This is how we feel about Cowboy Monkey Rodeo Night today, on Cowboy Monkey Eve:

*UPDATE: Keyote’s ready for Cowboy Monkey Night. Are you?

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Let the countdown commence.

Cowboy Monkey Rodeo returns to Harry Grove Stadium, Saturday, August 17 during after the Keys’ 6 p.m. game against Winston-Salem.

*If you don’t know about Tim Lepard and Team Ghost Riders, this will get you up to speed:

“That monkey rides that dog better than cowboy rides a horse.”

In addition to the Cowboy Monkey Extravaganza, we’ll be handing out rubber duckies to the first 1,000 fans in the gate courtesy of Precision Heating & Cooling.

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Want free tickets? You can win tickets to Saturday’s game by listening to 106.9 The Eagle in the morning:

Don’t miss the monkeys riding dogs herding sheep! Get your tickets now!

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Highlights from last year’s Cowboy Monkey Rodeo at The Grove:

And more cowboy monkey photos, because they’re great:

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Howard to the hill as Keys try to bounce back

Before we get to tonight, let’s quickly recap last night, which wasn’t pretty for the Keys in Salem.

A seven-run Salem fourth turned a 4-3 lead into a 10-3 deficit and led to an eventual 13-9 loss. The last time the Keys led was on Jason Esposito’s two-run jack in the top of the fourth. Let’s take a listen:

*More on last night in the game story on FrederickKeys.com

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As for tonight’s game, Trent Howard takes the mound 13 days since he last pitched. He held Carolina scoreless and allowed just one hit and no walks over five innings against Carolina on July 12, a game the Keys won 1-0. As a starter, Howard is 0-0 with a 3.25 ERA in seven starts. As a reliever, Howard is 3-0 with a save, a 0.62 ERA and 31 strikeouts in 29 innings.

With Julio Rodriguez being placed on the DL on Tuesday, Howard could claim a rotation spot, especially if he continues pitching so well. More on everything Keys vs. Red Sox in tonight’s game notes:

*In other Keys news, the Orioles announced that they’ve signed Cuban OF Dariel Alvarez and will assign him to Frederick.

More on that from The Sun and MASN:

*Keys catcher Michael Ohlman wants fans to help him choose his walk-up song when the Keys return home Monday. Vote in this blog post. The choices:

You can vote here, too:

*While you’re in the voting mood, vote for Keyote in MiLB’s Mascot Mania. Vote on MiLB.com by clicking here and via twitter by tweeting/retweeting any tweet with #mascotmania and @FrederickKeys in it. For example:

*Those two were winners of our #VoteKeyote giveaways today. Here’s what they won:

*Keep your eyes peeled to twitter for more #VoteKeyote giveaways tomorrow.

*And our Former Key Highlight of the Day: Look at ’04-05 Key Jim Johnson shut the door on the Yankees in game two of the ALDS.

Shake your Keys.

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.

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*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.

https://twitter.com/TimJMsnyder/status/359361687839076352

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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

 

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.

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.

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