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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.

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Keys celebrate 25 seasons tonight vs. Dash

Let us begin with this sweet video:

That’s a little preview of tonight, but before we get to tonight’s happenings, let’s talk about last night and this afternoon.

*The Keys picked up a series split yesterday with a 4-3 win at Carolina. Tim Berry delivered 6.2 innings and allowed no earned runs as Frederick won its second game in a row. Read about it here.

Miguel Chalas came relieved Berry and picked up his first Carolina League save. The final out of the game:

Eduardo Rodriguez starts for the Keys tonight after his team lost in a walk-off last night.

Eduardo Rodriguez was promoted to Double-A Bowie today.

*The Keys’ 20-year-old ace Eduardo Rodriguez was promoted to Double-A Bowie today, a move that was well deserved. Rodriguez, a southpaw, went 6-4 with a 2.85 ERA, the fourth-best ERA in the Carolina League. He’s also third in the league with 85.1 innings pitched. He represented the Keys in the California-Carolina League All-Star Game in San Jose and was named to the All-Star Futures Game earlier this week.

*All-time winningest Keys mamanger Orlando Gomez picked up his 1,000th career win with the Gulf Coast League Orioles yesterday. An article from MASN’s Steve Melewski on both Rodriguez and Gomez:

*Tonight the Keys play Winston-Salem at 7 p.m. and will celebrate their 25th season of baseball. Brady Wager starts for the Keys against Myles Jaye, a rematch of an April 9 South Atlantic League game. More in the game notes:

Tonight’s lineup:

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*As for our 25th season festivities, we’ll have an on-field presentation with a number of former Keys employees and players, we’re giving away 1,000 25th season card sets that feature Manny Machado, Matt Wieters, Nick Markakis and 22 others thanks to Keeney and Basford Funeral Home, the players will wear special 25th season hats that will be sigend and sold during a silent auction during the game to benefit Heartly House and we’ll be looking back at Frederick’s championship seasons.

The hats look like this: photoShake your Keys.

Rodriguez to Futures game, Keys go for split in Zebulon

Wednesday was a good day for the Keys — they snapped a 3-game losing streak and beat Carolina and just over a half an hour after their 6-2 win, starter Eduardo Rodriguez was selected to play in Sirius XM All-Star Futures Game.

More on the Keys’ victory a little later. First, let’s talk about Rodriguez.

Keys southpaw Eduardo Rodriguez was selected to the All-Star Futures game yesterday.

Keys southpaw Eduardo Rodriguez was selected to the All-Star Futures game yesterday.

*One of the Keys’ two Carolina League All-Stars, Rodriguez is 6-4 with a 2.85 ERA in 14 starts and was named Baltimore Orioles Minor League Pitcher of the Month for May, when he went 5-0 with a 2.23 ERA in six starts. He is tied for fourth in the Carolina League in ERA and is tied for second in innings pitched, having thrown 85.1. He threw a scoreless inning at the California-Carolina League All-Star Game, and more on his experience in San Jose can be viewed in this blog post from last week. He’ll join Cuban outfielder Henry Urrutia as the two O’s prospects at the game. Rodriguez is the only player from Venezuela selected to this year’s game.

Some reaction for Eduardo on being named pitcher of the month and his selection to the Futures game:

And from others:

*Read more about Rodriguez and his upcoming trip to the Big Apple here. Both the U.S. and World rosters are here. And here’s a video of MLB.com analyst Jonathan Mayo breaking down the World roster, though Eddy didn’t get any extra love.

*As for yesterday’s win, fueled by Glynn Davis and Michael Ohlman, read about it on FrederickKeys.com here or in the Frederick News-Post here. The highlight of the game came on defense, when Johnny Ruettiger robbed Carolina of a possible two-run double in the bottom of the eighth, protecting the Keys’ one-run lead.

Keys starter Tim Berry is 5-4 with a 4.30 ERA. The Keys are 10-4 when he stars and he's 3-1 with a 3.24 ERA in June.

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*Tonight, the Keys go for a series split in Zebulon, N.C. Tim Berry, who’s 3-1 with a 3.24 ERA in June,  starts against Michael Peoples. First pitch is at 7:15 with coverage beginning at 6:45 on wthu.org. Listen here or on 1450 AM The Source. All you need to know regarding tonight’s game is below, in the game notes:

*The seemingly inevitable bad news about former Key and top prospect Dylan Bundy finally came yesterday — he needs Tommy John surgery. More on Bundy below:

*Now, to cheer you up, read this story from Tim Kurkjian about 2011 Key Manny Machado chasing the all-time doubles record, set all the way back in 1931.

*The Keys return home Friday at 7 p.m. to play Winston-Salem. Buy your tickets here and get your 25th season card set at Friday’s game.

*And I’ll end today’s post with a public service announcement. Watch out for bears in downtown Frederick.

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Breakfast and baseball, anyone?

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

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

The Keys’ recent slide continue last night, falling 5-0 to Carolina, their third loss in a row and 13th in their last 16 games. Frederick gets right back at it this morning, taking on the Mudcats in an 11 a.m. game. Coverage starts at 10:30 a.m. on 1450 AM The Source and whtu.org. Feel free to listen in while you work.

*Eduardo Rodriguez was great again for the Keys last night, tossing seven innings and allowing just three hits and one run. Unfortunately, his offense did not support him, picking up a total of three hits against four Mudcats pitchers. For more on last night, read the recap on FrederickKeys.com.

*Trent Howard will start today’s game for the Keys, taking the rotation spot of Zach Petersime. Howard has been lights out as a reliever (3-0, 0.69 ERA) and has started four games this season, going 0-0 with a 2.87 ERA. Opposing Howard and the Keys is Shawn Morimando, owner of the seventh-best ERA in the Carolina League. More on today’s starting southpaws in the game notes:

*Dylan Bundy news seems to be getting worse. From the people who get paid to report these things:

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Keys are gone fishin’, Ohlman wins POTW

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Keys catcher Michael Ohlman was named Carolina League Player of the Week this morning. He and the Keys start a four-game series at Carolina tonight.

Before we get started, take a listen to this:

That was one of Michael Ohlman’s two triples Friday night, part of a weekend that saw him go 5-for-10 with four extra-base hits and earned him the Keys’ first Carolina League Player of the Week nod this season.

Ohlman has been the Keys’ most productive offensive player since returning from the disabled list on May 23, batting .340 with five home runs, four triples, five doubles and 12 RBIs. His average now sits at .300 for the year. Read more about Ohlman and his league honor here.

Ohlman’s been getting some twitter love today, as word of his POTW honor spread quickly through the Baltimore media.

*As for last night, the Keys lost 6-5 to Myrtle Beach and are just 11-18 in one-run games this year. Read Adam Vencill’s game story in the Frederick News-Post here. It was an ugly game and here’s a little of what Ryan Minor said in today’s paper.

“A poor game all around. We can’t have nine walks. We can’t have runners not score with less than two outs two or three times,” Minor said. “It’s a tough loss, but we’ll bounce back tomorrow and go back at it.”

Zach Davies starts tonight for the Keys against Carolina.

Zach Davies starts tonight for the Keys against Carolina.

*Tonight the Keys head to Carolina to open a four-game set with the 22-51 Mudcats. Zach Davies starts for Frederick against all-star Cody Anderson, who has the second lowest ERA in the league at 2.63. Davies won his only start against the Mudcats this season, despite allowing five runs. More on tonight’s 7:15 p.m. game is below, in the game notes. You can listen to the Keys on 1450 AM The Source in Frederick or online at wthu.org. The broadcast is also available on smartphones through the  TuneIn Radio app.

*Offense hasn’t been an issue for the Keys lately as they’re averaging nearly eight runs per game over their last six. Keys play-by-play man Adam Pohl sat down with Keys hitting coach Torre Tyson before last series:

*The Keys are back in town Friday and stay home through July 3rd. Get your tickets online.

*Saturday is Disney Night presented by Cruise Holidays of Frederick, who will be giving away a Disney trip at Saturday’s game. We’re placing beach balls around Frederick this week that can be redeemed at Cruise Holidays for a free ticket to Saturday’s game and an entry in the giveaway. Keep your ear to the ground and your eyes on our Facebook page for clues.

*We’ll have fireworks all weekend and on July 3rd, which will also feature a beer tasting special called “Taste of History Night.” Brewer’s Alley will be unveiling their newest Civil War era beer, Gettysburg Wheat, along with five other tasty brews. More info on the beer special is in flyer below. Call 301-815-9000 for more info or to purchase.

 

Until next time, Shake your Keys.

The Keys Are Back In Town

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The Frederick Keys’ line-up for tonight’s game against the Potomac Nationals.

The Keys’ will start their six-game home stand tonight (May 21) at 7 pm against the Potomac Nationals.  After grabbing one of three games from the Red Sox in Salem Virginia, the Keys are looking forward to taking advantage of the home field advantage on a beautiful summer evening in Maryland.

After a hot game against the Red Sox on Sunday, Zane Chavez is hoping to have similar success in the five spot of tonight’s line-up.  Chavez went 3 for 5 with a double, an RBI and a run scored.  The 27-year old catcher is batting .295 this season with 38 hits.

Keys go for series win with Berry on the hill

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Keys starter Tim Berry takes the hill for Frederick in Lynchburg tonight.

Tyler Wilson gave his performance of the season for the Keys last night, but Kyle Kubitza spoiled what looked like was going to be the Keys’ third straight win with a walk-off solo homer in the ninth inning. Frederick can still take the series tonight with a win. Tim Berry (2-2, 2.95) starts for the Keys.

*From last night’s game:

READ: The recap here. The box score here. And a story by Kent Zakour of The Gazette on Tommy Winegardner’s j0urney to the pitching mound in Frederick is here.

LISTEN: To last night’s Keys highlight of the game, Johnny Ruettiger’s two-RBI single.

Also, an interview with Keys reliever Zach Fowler.

For tonight’s game:

KEYS STARTER: LHP Tim Berry (2-2, 2.95)

  • Leads starters in ERA, ninth in the Carolina League.
  • Struck out 11 Hillcats on April 17 but allowed four runs in six innings, taking his first loss on the season.
  • Rated by Baseball America as Baltimore’s 11th-best prospect.
  • Drafted in the final (50th) round of the 2009 draft by the Orioles after senior season of high school, during which he threw a no-hitter and then had Tommy John surgery.

LAST APPEARANCE FOR BERRY:

  DATE

OPP

RES

DEC

IP

    H

R

ER

BB

SO

5/11

W-S

L

L

5.2

6

5

0

2

4

HILLCATS STARTER: RHP James Hoyt (2-1, 3.77)

  • Pitching in his 10th game of the season and making his third start; 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA as a starter and 2-0 with a 2.21 ERA as a reliever.
  • Threw six scoreless, no-hit innings in his first start of the season on May 3 against Winston-Salem. Allowed 7 runs in 3.1 innings against Myrtle Beach six days later.
  • Signed by Atlanta as a free agent out of independent leagues where he played two seasons. Pitched in 11 games in the Mexican League after signing.

KEYNOTES:

PICKING UP WHERE HE LEFT OFF: Keys third baseman Nicky Delmonico picked up a hit in the April 18 game at Potomac when he suffered a concussion that forced him to miss three weeks. Since returning Sunday, Delmonico’s pushed his hit streak to five games, extending his streak with a double last night. Just 20 years old, Delmonico has reached base in 14 of the 15 games he’s played and has recorded hits in 13 of them. His longest hitting streak this season was seven games and he’s hit in six consecutive away games.

HOLDING BACK HEFFLINGER: In their first series this season, the Keys held Lynchburg slugger Robby Hefflinger, currently second in the Carolina League in homers (8) and RBI (26), to just one hit in 12 at-bats, an RBI double. He didn’t play in Tuesday’s game and went 0-4 with 2 strikeouts on Wednesday.

PUNCH IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ORDER: The Keys middle of the order saw a significant change last weekend. Beginning on Sunday afternoon, first baseman Christian Walker took over the No. 3 spot after being promoted from Class-A Delmarva and Nicky Delmonico returned from the disabled list to his fifth-spot in the batting order. Catcher Zane Chavez, among league leaders in batting average, on-base percentage and walks, batted fourth. In their games at the heart of the order, the trio has gone a combined 12-for-48 (.250) with three homers, 10 RBIs and eight doubles.

*Do you Groupon? The Keys do. Check out this deal: two field seats to any Sunday-Thursday home game and a Keys hat for $20. Normally, that would run you $44. Buy it here.

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Keys Monday Mailbox – May 13th

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Fans were here early for the Manny Machado bobbleheads on May 11th.

Welcome to the first Keys Monday Mailbox. On Mondays throughout the season, we will be fielding fan questions about the team, front office and other various topics. Let’s get to it.

On game days, what time do players arrive at the stadium and do any have game day rituals they follow? – Lari Lee

Players normally arrive around 1pm for 7pm games, so approximately 5-6 hours before first pitch. Upon arrival, some players work on their hitting in the batting cage while others can be seen doing their various workout activities around the stadium. A few players are seen doing what is known as a  tour de stadewhich is when you run up and down all of the steps in the stadium. For you Lost fans out there, Jack Shepherd did this in the show during some of his flashbacks. Players and coaches head out for BP and infield practice around 4pm, with the visiting team following them at 5pm. After that, if the players need treatment from the training staff, they get that – if they don’t need that, the guys have a snack, break out a deck of cards and get ready for the game.

As for game day rituals, Keys pitcher Tyler Wilson is the one that comes to mind. Before each game, he has a peanut butter sandwich, sends the same text message to his mom and he also jumps over the foul line when he goes on and off of the field. Whether you consider it a ritual or not may be up to you, but many players change their walk-out songs a few times a year, if not more. Since joining the Keys last season, Wilson has stuck to the song “My Life Be Like (Ooh-Aah)” by the Grits. Take a listen if you’d like. We may have to research some more of these, because I am sure there are some good ones.

What show does pitcher Zach Fowler like more, Seinfeld or 7th Heaven? – Former Keys pitcher Matt Bischoff, who was promoted to Double-A Bowie in April

When asked this question, Fowler answered Seinfeld, hands down. Then he was asked by fellow reliever Jesse Beal if he liked Dawson’s Creek better than Seinfeld, to which Fowler responded “that show’s terrible”.

What do you think is the better show, fans? Give us your answer below.

When does the grounds crew show up on game days? – Tyler Jones

Our head groundskeeper and groundskeeping assistant report to the stadium with everyone else on gamedays at 9 or 10am. When it comes to the game day crew, which consists of two more members, they report an hour and a half before the game begins. After clocking in, they remove the nets and cage from the field from batting practice, drag and water the field, get the mounds in shape for the game and chalk the foul lines.

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The intense winds from Friday’s storm caused the tarp to have a life of it’s own.

If the game happens to have a rain delay, then the entire front office staff becomes the groundscrew and helps out with the tarp. This past Friday, the wind got the best of the tarp for a few minutes, resulting in what we like to call the “tarp monster”. See above picture.

How does a person become Keyote? Is it tryouts or do you draw straws in the office to see who’s it? – Shawn Lantz

Kids, you may want to shut your eyes for this one. As you can probably tell, Keyote is worn by many different people. We have two game-day employees that perform as Keyote just for game days and occasional community appearances. When it comes to off-season appearances and the bulk of the in-season appearance, Keyote is usually a member of our Marketing & Business Internship program or a member of our marketing team. As for tryouts, being Keyote is just like interviewing for a regular job. We look for a person that preferably has some mascot experience along with an enthusiastic attitude brought to the table.

The closest thing done to what you say is “drawing the short straw” is during off-season appearances. Sometimes a game of rock, paper, scissors is played to see who dons the suit that specific day and then it is decided on a rotational basis afterwards.

Being Keyote involves a lot on game days, including jumping out of our Keys van and running down the foul line to the home plate area. Keyote has an entrance video that is played pretty much every game during pre-game ceremonies. Thanks to Hi-Lo Auto Sales for the sweet ride!

Want to submit a question for the next Keys Monday Mailbox? Send your question to bapter@frederickkeys.com

*Notes for tonight’s 7 p.m. game at Harry Grove Stadium – Keys vs. Blue Rocks

KEYS STARTER: RHP Zach Davies (2-2, 4.86)

  • Picked up a win in last start despite allowing 5 runs in 5.2 innings.
  • Has pitched very well with runners on base (.204 against) and runners in scoring position (.206 against).
  • Orioles scrapped his slider last year to develop his curveball. Best off-speed pitch is his change-up.
  • Rated by Baseball America as Orioles No. 20 prospect entering 2013; was drafted by Baltimore in 26th round of 2011 draft.

LAST APPEARANCE FOR DAVIES:

DATE

OPP

RES

DEC

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

5/5

CAR

W

W

5.2

7

5

5

2

1

BLUE ROCKS STARTER: LHP Sam Selman (1-2, 5.61)

  • Lost his second game of the season in last start, walking five and allowing three runs in 4.2 innings against Potomac. Leads the Carolina League in walks allowed (23 in 25.2 innings pitched).
  • Went 5-4 with 2.09 ERA, striking out 89 batters in rookie-level Idaho Falls after being drafted last summer.
  • His fastball sits in the mid-90s and peaks around 98 mph and his best off-speed pitch is his slider.
  • Control problems plagued him early in his career at Vanderbilt, but a strong finish to his junior season led to Kansas City selecting him in the second round of the 2012 draft. Teammate of Keys infielder Jason Esposito.

KEYNOTES:

FREE-PASS POTENTIAL: Odds are there will be several walks issued this evening. Wilmington starter Sam Selman has walked 23 batters in 25.2 innings this season, the most in the Carolina League. The Keys have walked 163 times this season, 34 more times than second-place Winston-Salem, and catcher Zane Chavez’s 24 walks, 14 of which have come in May, is second in the league.

WELCOME AND WELCOME BACK: The Keys middle of the order saw a significant change Sunday afternoon. First baseman Christian Walker batted third and went 3-for-4 in his debut after being promoted from Class-A Delmarva Sunday morning and Nicky Delmonico returned from the disabled list to his fifth-spot in the batting order and celebrated his first game back with a solo homer. Sandwiched between them in the cleanup spot was catcher Zane Chavez, who’s hitting .324 in his last 10 games and is third in the league in on-base percentage (.432).

HARDWOOD CONNECTION: Two of the top scorers in Oklahoma High School history will be in baseball uniforms at Harry Grove Stadium tonight. Blue Rocks outfielder Lane Adam is No. 5 in the sooner state’s history and Keys manager Ryan Minor is 12th.

*And the starting lineup:

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Machado bobbles, a doubleheader, fireworks and Biingo at The Grove

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We’re giving away 1,000 of the Manny Machado bobbleheads today courtesy of BayRunner Shuttle. Gates open at 5 p.m. Get here early if you want this fine-looking bobblehead.

Mother Nature did not cooperate with the Keys’ plans Friday night, washing away Casino Night and postponing the 7 p.m. game against Wilmington.

But, as a result, we’re playing two at The Grove tonight, which will make for one grand Saturday evening at the ballpark. The doubleheader starts at 6 p.m. and gates open at 5 p.m.

For starters, it’s Manny Machado bobblehead giveaway day presented by BayRunner Shuttle.

*Bobblehead giveaway tips:

  • If you want a Manny bobblehead (it looks good, doesn’t it?) get here early. The earlier the better.
  • We’re giving away 1,000 bobbles courtesy of BayRunner Shuttle when the gates open at 5 p.m.
  • It’s first come, first serve and there will be a line.

Once you’ve got your bobblehead, get ready for two games that feature some strong pitching matchups. In game one, Keys pitcher Tim Berry takes on Blue Rocks top-pitching prospect and 2012 first-round pick Kyle Zimmer in game one. A look at the game one matchup:

KEYS GAME ONE STARTER: LHP Tim Berry (2-1, 3.44)

  • Fourth in the Carolina League with 38 strikeouts.
  • Retired first 13 Wilmington batters in April 12 start against Zimmer and Blue Rocks. Fanned eight and allowed two runs on two hits and two walks over six innings in start, receiving a no-decision in the Keys’ 4-3 win.
  • Rated by Baseball America as Baltimore’s 11th-best prospect.
  • Drafted in the final (50th) round of the 2009 draft by the Orioles after senior season of high school, during which he threw a no-hitter and then had Tommy John surgery.

BLUE ROCKS GAME ONE STARTER: RHP Kyle Zimmer (0-2, 4.03)

  • Struck out eight Keys on April 12, allowing an unearned run on two hits and three walks. Enters game coming off a 6.1-inning, one-run start.
  • Leads the Carolina League with 12.41 K/9 ratio; second in strikeouts (40).
  • Rated by Baseball America as Kansas City’s No. 1 prospect. Had surgery to remove bone chips from his pitching elbow in the offseason. When healthy, has registered 99 mph with his fastball.

And game two’s matchup:

KEYS GAME TWO STARTER: LHP Trent Howard (1-0, 0.51)

  • Has allowed just one run in 17.2 innings out the bullpen this season.
  • Went 0-1 with a 4.30 ERA in three starts vs. Blue Rocks last season

BLUE ROCKS GAME TWO STARTER: LHP John Lamb (2-3, 4.88)

  • Had Tommy John surgery in ‘11; prior to injury was KC’s top pitching prospect
  • Rated as Royals No. 11 prospect by Baseball America; 0-2, 8.00 ERA on the road this season

*Before we get underway with the games, The Grove will have a special first pitcher tonight. Noah “Biingo” Gray of “The Biggest Loser” fame will be tossing out a ceremonial first pitch this evening.

Biingo, a 13-year-old from New Windsor, was one of three child participants on the show who wanted to lose weight and get healthier. As part of his journey to a healthier lifestyle, Biingo, who loves baseball, came to Harry Grove Stadium for a workout that aired on the show.

He’s back tonight and he’s fit. Check out his before and after photos on nbc.com.

*And we’re planning for a beefed up fireworks show tonight, seeing as last night’s got rained out.

As of 2 p.m., tickets are still available. But them online at FrederickKeys.com at any time, at 301-815-9939 until 3 p.m., or at the Keys box office at Harry Grove Stadium.

*Want a bobblehead but can’t make tonight’s game? A complimentary bobblehead comes with any Keys ticket plan. We have Dylan Bundy bobbles, too.

*Tonight’s game one lineup:

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Come to The Grove tonight, you could win a suite

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Tim Berry starts for the Keys tonight against Wilmington in what ought to be a game filled with strikeouts. He and Blue Rocks starter Kyle Zimmer are two of the best in the Carolina League when it comes to missing bats.

The Keys open a four-game homestand tonight at 7 p.m. against Wilmington. It’s Casino Night at Harry Grove Stadium, too.

Reasons to come to tonight’s game:

  • Tonight’s pitching matchup – Keys LHP Tim Berry vs. Blue Rocks RHP Kyle Zimmer — has double-digit strikeout potential. Both are top-5 in strikeouts in the Carolina League and Zimmer leads the league in K/9 at 12.41. When these two started opposite one another on April 12, 16 batters walked away with a K after six innings.
  • One fan will win a suite to a future Keys game as part of our Casino Night. We’ll have several special in-game promotions, as well.
  • Zimmer is Kansas City’s top pitching prospect and has been known to throw 99 mph fastballs.
  • The Keys are playing well right now, leading the Northern Division at 18-14 and leading the Carolina League in runs scored.
  • Zane Chavez’s mustache: view it here when he rounds second base after hitting a homer at Winston-Salem.
  • Buy your tickets here, call 301-815-9939 or visit the box office at The Grove.

*Some game notes:

  • WHIFF IT, WHIFF IT GOOD: Tonight’s starters are two of the best strikeout pitchers in the Carolina League. Zimmer leads the league in strikeouts per nine innings, striking out 12.41 batters per nine. Zimmer’s 40 strikeouts are tied for second in the league and Berry’s 38 are fourth.

    FEELIN’ HOT, HOT, HOT: Keys catcher Zane Chavez and second baseman Jerome Pena have been swinging hot bats as of late. Chavez is batting .389 with 13 RBIs in his last nine games, providing some pop in the middle of Frederick’s order. He’s also walked 11 times in the last six games, putting him in second in the Carolina League with 21 free passes on the season. And after a dreadful start to the season, Pena is batting .344 over his last 10 games with two homers and eight RBIs, raising his batting average to .224.

    BORN TO (SCORE) RUN(S): The Keys remain the worst hitting team in the Carolina League by batting average, hitting just .230 as a team, but lead the league in runs scored with 156. Possible explanations for the Keys’ offensive efficiency – they lead the league in walks (156) with 36 more than the teams tied for second and have the second-best OBP in the league (.329). Frederick’s batting .244 with runners in scoring position and have hit 24 homers this season.

*Keys lineup for tonight:

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*Another chance to win a Manny Machado bobblehead on our Facebook page today before we give out 1,000 courtesy of BayRunner Shuttle at the gate at tomorrow’s 6 p.m. game. Keep your eyes peeled for a Manny trivia question on our Facebook timeline. Buy your tickets for Saturday’s game here, call 301-815-9939 or visit the box office at The Grove.

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