A six-run first inning lead the Keys to a 12-2 victory over the Carolina Mudcats last night. Allan de San Miguel went 2-for-4 with four RBI’s including a two-run bomb to left field in the bottom of the eighth.
*Thanks to Reggie (@gopherballs) for this awesome shot of De San Miguel’s home run.
Reggie (@gopherballs) July 16, 2013
Second baseman, Jerome Pena, finished the game with three hits, two runs scored and two RBIs. Tim Berry gave up just one run and six hits in five innings pitched and left the game with an 8-1 lead.
Tim Berry picked up his eighth win of the season for the @FrederickKeys tonight to tie him for the Carolina League lead in wins!—
Orioles 101 (@Orioles_101) July 16, 2013
*Keys Manager, Ryan Minor, discusses Christian Walker’s recent success and promotion to Double-A Bowie with our very own Tim Murray.
*Matt Hobgood has been moved up to Frederick from Class-A Delmarva. The former Shorebirds pitcher is 7-2 as a reliever this season in 23 game appearances with a 3.64 ERA.
Packing my bags up & heading to Frederick today! Stoked to get up there!—
Matt Hobgood (@MattHobgood) July 16, 2013
The Keys have the day off today to sit back and enjoy tonight’s MLB All-Star Game. Frederick takes on Salem in a four game series at home starting tomorrow night at 7pm.
The Keys have now dropped two straight to the Carolina Mudcats here at Harry Grove Stadium but are hoping to split the series with a win tonight at 7pm.
Last night, Julio Rodriguez took to the mound for his third start of the season with Frederick and gave up four runs and five hits in five innings pitched. The Keys just fell short to Carolina, 5-3. Michael Ohlman hit his eleventh home run of the season in the eighth inning.
*Ohlman is batting .383 with seven home runs and 23 RBIs in the second half of the season.
*Glynn Davis will be batting in place of Johnny Ruettiger, who has been hitting leadoff for the past couple weeks for the Keys. Davis is batting just .197 in 19 games in the leadoff spot this season. Also, Nicky Delmonico makes his first start at first base this season.
Fairfield Athletics (@FairfieldStags) July 15, 2013
Another guy to look out for is Tucker Nathans, batting in fifth spot tonight for the second straight night. Nathans is batting . 571 (8-14) in the last five games.
Tim Berry will take the mound tonight against the Mudcats. Berry is 7-5 this season with a 4.09 ERA however, in the second half of the season, Berry is 3-1 in four starts with a 2.84 ERA.
*For everything you need to know about tonight’s game against the Mudcats, check out the game notes below!
*In other exciting Keys news, first baseman, Christian Walker has been promoted to Double-A Bowie after the All-Star Futures game at Citi Field.
Tim Murray (@1TimMurray) July 15, 2013
*Keys pitcher, Zach Petersime, sat down with our intern, Jeff Kurkjian, before yesterday’s game to talk about his experiences in Frederick and the transition from starter to reliever.
*The Frederick Keys are all about helping out the local community and are always looking for new ways to give back. Earlier today, second baseman Jerome Pena and catcher Michael Ohlman went out to Poolesville, MD to hang out with some other ball players at the Stevens Park Summer Rec Program.
Frederick Keys (@FrederickKeys) July 15, 2013
Keys catcher Allan de San Miguel visited Frederick’s Seed of Life Nurseries today as well to talk to the kids about eating healthy.
*We have about 200 hundred full-time and game-day staffers here at Harry Grove Stadium, so it is safe to say that running a professional ball club is somewhat of a big production. Despite the sheer number of staffers, there is only one Robbie. The Frederick News-Post sat down with part-time staff member, Robbie Shaffer, his family and other staff members of the Keys to discuss how much of an influence just one teenager has on the entire ball club. You can read Stan Goldberg’s entire article here.
“It means a lot because I love sports and I love being around people,” Robbie said of his job. “It has helped my self-esteem.”
*Congratulations to last night’s Twit Pic winner of the game, Nick Dabruzzo!
Nick Dabruzzo (@NDabruzzo) July 15, 2013
Last night’s game is a tough one to talk about for the more than 8,000 Keys fans at Harry Grove Stadium. The Carolina Mudcats beat the Keys last night 11-1.
Glynn Davis scored the only Keys run in the bottom of the ninth inning off of a RBI single by Delvi Cid. In his first game back at the Grove after being transferred from Double-A Bowie, Cid went 2-for-2 with two singles, one RBI and a stolen base.
Frederick Keys (@FrederickKeys) July 14, 2013
*If you missed last night’s game, check out the Frederick News-Post’s game story here.
Julio Rodriguez will start tonight for Frederick. In his last start with Frederick, he walked six batters and allowed four runs on one hit, a homer, in just two innings in his last start before he was pulled from the game at Wilmington.
Tucker Nathans is the man to look out for tonight batting in the five spot tonight. He went 2-for-4 last night with a double. In five games with Frederick this season, he is batting .389 with two doubles, a RBI and a stolen base. Nathans went undrafted out of Fairfield but was signed in 2013 by the Orioles after two years of independent ball.
*For all of the information you need to know about tonight’s game, check out the game notes below!
*The Baltimore Orioles organization sent three players to the All-Star Futures game including current Frederick Keys first baseman, Christian Walker.
Three O's prospects play on the big stage today in the All-Star Futures Game: Over the last five years, the Or... bit.ly/1aEvGCP—
Steve Melewski (@masnSteve) July 14, 2013
The U.S. team defeated the World team 4-2. Walker did not start, however he finished the game 0-for-2 with a pop out and a strikeout. In his first at-bat, he faced former Keys pitcher, Eduardo Rodriguez, who is currently pitching for Double-A Bowie.
Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) July 14, 2013
*Last night’s starter, Trent Howard, sat down with Keys broadcaster, Tim Murray, before yesterday’s game.
*Check out our newest blog poll below.
You Kent ask for a better finish than last night’s game against the Mudcats. Trust me, we aren’t Jokering! The Keys ended up Robin the win from Carolina with a walk-off sacrifice fly from Christian Walker in the bottom of the ninth inning. The Keys scored the only run of the game and finished on top, 1-0.
*Christian Walker hopped on a train this morning to head to Citi Field, home of the New York Mets, for the All-Star Futures Game on Sunday. Walker spoke with Frederick News-Post’s writer, Greg Swatek after last night’s walk-off win.
“I am looking forward to everything, just being in the atmosphere of being in a big league park and all those guys. They are great players. They are there for a reason. It should be a good experience.”
*Click here to read Swatek’s entire story on the Frederick News-Post’s website.
*Former Keys starter, Eduardo Rodriguez, will join Walker in representing the Baltimore Orioles Organization along with Henry Urrutia.
Eduardo Rodriguez⚾ (@eduardorod5) July 13, 2013
Trent Howard pitched five great innings giving up just one hit and no runs. He struck out five in his best start of the season, however, he did not factor into the decision. Miguel Chalas and Gene Escat pitched a combined four scoreless inning and only gave up three hits. Escat was credited with the win.
Keep your X-Ray vision on Michael Ohlman in tonight’s game. He is batting .364 with four homers and nine RBIs in the month of July. Tucker Nathans has been flying under the radar since he came up from Delmarva last week. In four games, Nathans is batting .357 with a double, an RBI and a stolen base.
Zach Clark, who was just transferred from Double-A Bowie, will start tonight for the Keys. He is currently 1-4 with the Baysox in five starts this season.
*For everything you need to know about tonight’s game, check out the game notes below.
*Speaking of Keys pitchers, Zach Davies sat down with Keys broadcaster Tim Murray before yesterday’s game.
*Dust off your spandex tights and tighty whities and head over to Harry Grove Stadium tonight for Superhero Night!!
Frederick Keys (@FrederickKeys) July 13, 2013
*It is also Dylan Bundy Bobblehead giveaway night and the line has already started forming in front of the stadium for gates to open at 5pm for our 6pm game!
Lining up already for the Bundy Bobblehead giveaway! Tickets still available. Gates open at 5pm http://t.co/nUgMJW428y—
Frederick Keys (@FrederickKeys) July 13, 2013
For more information, you can check out our other blog post about the bobble head giveaway
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:
*If you want a bobble:
- Get your ticket. You can do that here or at the box office at the stadium.
- 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.
- Be prepared to wait. Maybe bring a magazine.
*All your other gameday info is here.
Shake your Keys.
The Keys return to Harry Grove Stadium after a seven game road trip against Lynchburg and Wilmington. Frederick took two-of-three from the Lynchburg Hillcats however the Blue Rocks of Wilmington took three games of the four game set.
*The Keys face the Carolina Mudcats in a four game series starting tonight with Trent Howard on the mound. The seventh round pick in 2011 out of Central Michigan University has started only six games this season but has worked mostly out of the bullpen. Howard is 3-0 as a reliever with a 0.62 ERA in 13 appearances. He has yet to factor into a decision as a started in six games.
*For all of the information about tonight’s game, check out our game notes below!
*Christian Walker is the man to watch in tonight’s game. He was the Carolina League’s Player of The Week and was invited to play in the All-Star Futures Game on Sunday, July 14 with teammates Eduardo Rodriguez and Henry Urrutia in representing the Orioles’ organization. Walker sat down with Adam Pohl last week to discuss his recent success.
“I has to be the greatest honor in my baseball career up until now. I couldn’t be more happy.”
Frederick Keys (@FrederickKeys) July 12, 2013
Walker sat down with Adam Pohl last week to discuss his recent success.
*We would like to wish a VERY happy birthday to two of our very own Frederick Keys, Jesse Beal turning 23 and Nicky Delmonico will be celebrating his 21st here at Harry Grove Stadium!
Nicky D is 21!!—
Nicky Delmonico (@LittleD808) July 12, 2013
*Former Key, Aaron Baker jacked up two three-run homers for Double-A Bowie last night in their 10-1 win over Richmond. Check out the video link below.
Frederick Keys (@FrederickKeys) July 12, 2013
*Over the long road trip, Delvi Cid was transferred from Double-A Bowie. Outfielder Tucker Nathans and lefty Ashur Tolliver were brought up from Class-A Delmarva. Luc Rennie and Anthony Caronia were both sent down to Delmarva and David Walters was released.
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.
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 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.
Shake your keys.
Buried beneath yesterday’s ever-popular thrift-shop fashion show post was another brief tale from the recent road trip to Lynchburg — that of a 21-year-old Keys reliever and his encounter with a skunk in right field on Saturday, July 6.
Thanks to WSET-TV, better known as ABC 13 to folks in the Lynchburg area, we have video of Miguel Chalas vs. The Lynchburg skunk. Sadly, I cannot embed the video below, but I will break it down using vines (short-looping videos, if you didn’t know) from the story that aired on WSET’s nightly news. You can watch the video by clicking here and then clicking on “Hillcats Have Unwanted Guests On The Field” beneath the video player.
The transcript of the story is here and has some incredible quotes, including this gem from Lynchburg right fielder David Rohm on Chalas fearlessly gloving the skunk:
“He said he thought it was a cat,” said Rohm.
Now, for the abridged story of Miguel Chalas vs. The Lynchburg Skunk. Let’s meet our contenders:
A 21-year-old right-handed pitcher from the Dominican Republic, Chalas stands at 6 feet tall and 170 pounds. The Orioles signed him as a 17-year-old and he was promoted to Frederick on June 3 from Class-A Delmarva. He is currently 1-1 with a 4.66 ERA in nine appearances and leads the league in skunk traps.
Also known as a polecat, the skunk is a mammal known for its ability to spray a liquid with a strong odor. Skunk species vary in size from about 15.6 to 37 inches and in weight from about 1.1 pounds to pounds.
Now, the footage:
That ordeal delayed Saturday’s game for four minutes. The skunk continues to make appearances in the outfield. The next opportunity of a possible Chalas-Skunk rematch would be Aug. 24-27.
The skunk glove has been spotted!!
Location: Behind the Keys clubhouse at Harry Grove Stadium.
Condition: Unknown (still contaminated)
*Listen to Trent Howard’s account of the skunk incident. It starts at the 6:10 mark.
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.
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.
A note from tonight's game in Lynchburg. There was a 4-minute delay in the top of the 9th inning due to a skunk being in right field.—
Frederick Keys (@FrederickKeys) July 07, 2013
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