The Keys took two of three from the Hillcats over the July 4 weekend, but things got a little weird in Southern Virginia Saturday. First came the thrift shop fashion show, then came the skunk in right field.
And thanks to Twitter, we can easily chronicle both of them on this blog.
Look above. This is apparently what happens when you mix the Frederick Keys, a little per diem and a thrift shop. Hitting coach Torre Tyson was the judge of the contest. I’ll let his tweets speak for themselves now.
Contestant #1: P Zach Petersime
Contestant #2: P David Walters (who was released Sunday. We wish him the best.)
Contestant #3: C Allan de San Miguel
Contestant #4: P Gene Escat
Contestant #5: OF Glynn Davis
Contestant #6: Bullpen catcher Jason Stifler
Contestant #7: OF Brenden Webb
Contestant #8 and third runner-up: P Jesse Beal
Contestant #9: 1B Christian Walker
Contestant #10: Trainer Pat Wesley
Contestant #11: Coach Kyle Moore
Contestant #12 and first runner-up:
Contestant #13 and second runner-up: SS Sammie Starr
Contestant #14 and winner: C Michael Ohlman
Who’s your thrift shop fashion show winner? Vote below. And Leave a comment stating your case, if you’d like.
*As for the skunk, it wandered into right field in the eighth inning and stopped the game for four minutes before one brave man, Keys pitcher Miguel Chalas, gloved it. We have video in this blog post.
Rumor has it Chalas escaped unscathed, but his glove did not.
The skunk apparently made an appearance in center field last night and has garnered the hashtag #rallyskunk
After a winning just two of six games at home against Winston-Salem and Wilmington this past week, the Frederick Keys took to the road to play three games against the last place Lynchburg Hillcats.
On July 4 in Lynchburg, Brady Wager got his first win of the season. He gave up seven hits and three runs in seven innings pitched in his best outing of the season. Zach Fowler then came in to pitch two scoreless innings leaving the Keys on top, 8-3.
Solid outing tonight by Brady Wager; 7IP, 7H, 3ER, 1BB, 4K. MID 8. Keys 8 @HillcatBaseball 3—
Frederick Keys (@FrederickKeys) July 05, 2013
Christian Walker had a big game going three-for-five with three doubles and three runs scored. Michael Ohlman hit a three-run homer in the third inning putting the Keys ahead 4-1. Ohlman is batting .424 in the second half of the season with six doubles, five home runs and 19 RBIs. He also has back-to-back Carolina League Player of the Week Awards under his belt.
*Check out the July 4 game story on FrederickKeys.com right here.
The Keys pulled off another 8-3 win the following day with Zach Davies on the mound. Davies left the game in the seventh inning after giving up just three runs and seven hits with four strikeouts (identical to Wager’s start yesterday in those four categories). Miguel Chalas came in to pitch two scoreless innings for Frederick.
Christian Walker had another great game going three-for-five with two doubles and a solo homer in the first inning to put the Keys up 2-0. In the month of July, Walker is batting .375 with five doubles and two homers.
*Want to read the full game story from the Keys July 5 game? Check it out right here.
In game three against the Hillcats, Luc Rennie got the start for Frederick. Rennie gave up four earned runs in 4+ innings pitched in his first start in the Carolina League on June 30. His July 6 outing was sadly not much different. Rennie gave up six hits, five runs (four earned) in only five innings pitched.
Hillcats starter, Greg Ross, held the Keys to just two hits and no runs in the six innings pitched. The Keys ended up losing 8-4.
Christian Walker came up big with a three run home off of reliever, Ronan Pacheco. Walker ended the game with just that one eighth inning homer.
Frederick's Christian Walker added to Futures Game roster: Frederick's Christian Walker to join Urrutia, E. Ro... bit.ly/1aNa5r3—
Steve Melewski (@masnSteve) July 06, 2013
*Walker will join former teammate, Eduardo Rodriguez and Henry Urrutia in representing the Orioles’ organization in the All-Star Futures Game on Sunday, July 14.
Congratulations to former Keys SS, Manny Machado, on being selected as an American League All-Star. #orioles—
Frederick Keys (@FrederickKeys) July 06, 2013
*In Orioles news, former Key, Manny Machado, was just selected as an American League All-Star. Machado is currently hitting .314 with a league-leading 29 doubles.