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:
Shake your Keys.
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.
Miguel Chalas came relieved Berry and picked up his first Carolina League save. The final out of the game:
*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:[tweet https://twitter.com/masnSteve/status/350381354900389890]
*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:
*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.
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.
*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:[tweet https://twitter.com/eduardorod5/status/348246951923417088] [tweet https://twitter.com/eduardorod5/status/349987785228288000]
And from others:[tweet https://twitter.com/Orioles/status/349974200729092096] [tweet https://twitter.com/EddieInTheYard/status/349989310830882817]
*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.
*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:[tweet https://twitter.com/danconnollysun/status/349968258591502338] [tweet https://twitter.com/si_mlb/status/350057422301298689] [tweet https://twitter.com/MiLB/status/350012348901228544] [tweet https://twitter.com/EddieInTheYard/status/349984058916343808]
*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.
Shake your Keys.
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:
Eduardo A. Encina (@EddieInTheYard) June 25, 2013
Sure sounds like Dylan Bundy is headed for Tommy John surgery after listening to Duquette on the radio.—
Kevin Van Valkenburg (@KVanValkenburg) June 26, 2013
Kevin Van Valkenburg (@KVanValkenburg) June 26, 2013
Shake your keys.
After ten innings at Harry Grove Stadium last night, the Frederick Keys could not pull off the win against the Potomac Nationals. Despite a bottom of the ninth comeback to tie the score at six, Frederick could not respond to the P-Nats four runs in the top of the tenth inning and ultimately lost 10-9 in ten innings.
Jerome Pena went 5-6 last night with a double, three runs scored and a RBI. Delvi Cid also had a big game with three hits and two runs scored in addition to a big RBI double in the bottom of the eighth to give the Keys the lead.
*If you missed the Frederick News-Post’s coverage of last night’s game, you can read Joe Dyton’s article here. Manager Ryan Minor talked to Dyton after the game about Fredericks ability to rally back after a P-Nats run-filled inning.
“(Rallying back) is one of those things you have to do, you can’t just give in, you have to get quality at-bats and these guys have been doing that all year. We have to keep our head up and continue to work and get better.”
The Keys will face the P-Nats again today at 2 pm to finish out this five game series. Eduardo Rodriguez will start today for Frederick in the final game before the All-Star break. He has been a rock for the Keys this season with six wins and three losses in 12 starts. His ERA is just under three (2.99) and is 3-2 this season while at pitching at Harry Grove Stadium.
Be sure to keep an eye out for the designated hitter, Christian Walker, who had three big RBI’s in last night’s game. Walker is batting .303 this season and will be hitting clean-up in today’s lineup.
Robbie Ray (5-2, 2.22) will be pitching for the P-Nats. He was ranked tenth amongst Washington Nationals’ prospects by MLB.com at the beginning of this season.
*You can find all the information for tonight’s game information in the games notes below.
*Be sure to come out to Harry Grove Stadium today for our Father’s Day and Sunday Funday celebration! If you purchased a Father’s Day First Pitch Package, please arrive as early as you can! Gates open at 1PM and we will get the first pitches going shortly after that. The Keys for Reading Parade will take place at 1:30.