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We need more dogs!

As stated in the video above, we need more dogs!

Tonight is the final Dog Day of Summer at Harry Grove Stadium, your last chance this season to bring your pooch to the park. Give us a call at 301-815-9906 to register and make sure to have your rabies tag certification number handy.

If you don’t swing by for tonight’ s 7 p.m. game against Wilmington, you’ll miss out on all of this:

Doggy fashion

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Belly rubbing

And butt sniffing

Also, Keys baseball. Watch Johnny Ruettiger get creative and tie up last night’s game in the eighth.

Keyote gets a birthday card

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Keyote had a great time celebrating his birthday Sunday afternoon with a whole cast of his mascot buddies.

Today, he received a belated Happy Birthday from Chloe in New Market. He took a break from reviewing Keys stats at his desk to open it:

Thanks, Chloe!

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”.

 

How many hot dogs can you eat?

It’s back. The Keys annual celebration of baseball’s most popular protein returns to Harry Grove Stadium this evening — 50-Cent Hot Dog Night.
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Hot dog consumption begins when gates open at 6 p.m. for tonight’s 7 p.m. game against the Mudcats. The question that remains: How many can you eat?

Are you a lightweight?

Or a champion?

Before answering, some inspiring videos:

And for the ladies:

Keys to be on O’s pregame show today

*Watch the interview with Michael Ohlman, Tim Berry and Matt Hobgood here.

*From the MASN O’s Xtra set:

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From left: Tim Berry, Rick Dempsey, Mike Ohlman, Matt Hobgood, Jim Hunter

From left: Tim Berry, Rick Dempsey, Mike Ohlman, Matt Hobgood, Jim Hunter

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What are you doing this afternoon?

Well, at 3, stop doing it, find a TV and turn on MASN to watch Michael Ohlman, Tim Berry and Matt Hobgood.

Ohlman, the Keys power-htting catcher, leads the team and is among league leaders in batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage (.302/.404/.535).

Berry, a left-hander, has been on a roll since the all-star break, going 4-2 with a 2.90 ERA in eight starts. He’s 8-6 with a 3.86 ERA on the season.

And Hobgood, the Orioles’ first-round pick in 2009, joined the Keys in mid-July. In his first season since shoulder surgery sidelined him for all of last year, Hobgood has pitched well in three of his four outings with the Keys. He piggy-backed on Trent Howard’s start yesterday and threw four scoreless innings, allowing just a hit and fanning four.

This is Hobgood’s introduction at Camden Yards back in ’09

So, at 3 p.m., watch MASN. Shake your Keys.

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

Howard

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.

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.

Wager

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

Vote Keyote and shake your keys.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here’s how it ended:

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

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

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

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

*Tonight’s lineup:

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

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

Shake your Keys

 

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.

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