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Clue Night revisited: Experience the murder mystery at The Grove

After a seven-inning investigation, the killer of Frederick Keys beloved mascot Frank Key was apprehended, his heinous crime pieced together and revealed to the crowd at Harry Grove Stadium Wednesday night.

Confused? Then you probably missed Clue Night at The Grove on Wednesday. No worries if you did, you can experience it right here on the blog.

*For those of you who are impatient and want to see the murder scene, watch the video below. If you’d like to play along, don’t watch now, watch it at the bottom of the page.

*Clue sheets, to play along:

The Crime

Murder at Harry Grove Stadium! Beloved mascot Frank Key was found dead in front of the stadium this afternoon and Frederick Keys detective Brandon Apter is working to solve the crime. He knows Frank Key’s body was moved after he was killed. Det. Apter, who just happens to be the stadium butler, has six prime suspects – Colonel Mustard, Professor Plum, Mr. Green, Mrs. Peacock, Miss Scarlet and Mrs. White – all of whom he will be questioning during the game. The questions are who did it, where and with what weapon?

*The crime scene, the question and the suspects in six seconds!

The Suspects, in greater detail

Was it the ex-military soldier, Colonel Mustard?

Or did the smartest man in the room, Prof. Plum, commit the murder?

Or was it the money man himself, Mr. Green?

Or would Mrs. Peacock, the wife of a senator, risk it all to murder Frank Key?

Could it have been the seductive yet secretive Miss Scarlet?

You can never count out the maid. Could Mrs. White have killed our beloved Frank Key?

And the man trying to figure it all out, Detective Apter, stadium butler.

*On twitter, the people,  outraged by the crime, took to aiding the investigation using #WhoKilledFrankKey. Some leads were helpful, others not so much.

The investigation begins

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Shortly after 7 p.m., Butler/Det. Apter took the first base dugout to inform the crowd that their was a murderer in their midst and introduce the suspects. He also alerted them to the ongoing investigation, the six possible murder weapons and six places the killing might have occurred, that clues would be shown on the video board and live interrogations of the suspects would occur on the dugout.

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Fans would be alerted to the new developments by this sound:

What Apter knew at this point was that all six suspects were hanging out in the clubhouse earlier that day. Then, Frank Key was dead!

The first clue

It came during the top of the second and appeared on the video board. All the clues were also sent out on Twitter for those playing along at home.

Clue Slate 1

*So, it appears, Mrs. White may be off the hook.

The second clue: Mr. Green’s interview

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The stadium butler brought Mr. Green atop the dugout in the middle of third inning, to tell his story. He appeared flustered, once referring to Col. Mustard as Corporal Mustard, but did his best to exonerate himself. The interview transcript:

Det. Apter:         I’m here with Mr. Green. Tell me, sir, what do you know?

Mr. Green:         I was in the clubhouse with everyone waiting for Mrs. White to bring lunch back and fell asleep. I awoke to a scream and saw Professor Plum was still there. I noticed all the cleats were accounted for but a bat and the Gatorade cooler was missing. Professor Plum said Miss Scarlet, (Colonel) Mustard and Mrs. Peacock were all gone.

*A missing bat, eh, Mr. Green?

The third clue

The next development in the case came after the fourth inning.

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*Never mind the questionable grammar/awkward wording, the missing bat was in the press box. Hmmmmm…..

The fourth clue: Mrs. Peacock’s interview

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Before the sixth inning, Stadium Butler/Det. Apter brought Mrs. Peacock in front of the crowd to tell her story. Peacock’s alibi? She was “stuffing her face” at concession stand when she heard Frank Key’s bone-chilling scream. More from her interview:

Det. Apter:         So, Mrs. Peacock, things don’t look so good for you right now. We know you weren’t in the clubhouse at the time of the murder. Why did you leave the clubhouse? Did you kill Frank Key?!?!

Mrs. Peacock:    I left the clubhouse but I did not kill Frank Key! I was sick of waiting for Mrs. White so I went to the concession stand to make lunch. When walking there I passed Colonel Mustard trying to get into the press box, but it was locked. I made myself an Angus burger and then heard a scream. I ran out and saw nobody in the bullpen. The tarp was also rolled up and untouched. I did however see a table knife fall from the Mattress Warehouse Club and Miss Scarlet was hurrying back inside the club.

*A knife! Mustard and the press box! Scarlet in the Club!

Before we reveal the killer, who do you think did it?

The killer revealed

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After the seventh inning, Apter brought all six suspects atop the dugout to face the crowd, Frank Key’s family and friends. He said he had solved the murder! He had put it together and solved this heinous crime.

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The transcript:

Det. Apter:         One of you is the murderer and I know who it is. It is not Mrs. White, who was getting food, or Mr. Green or Professor Plum, who were in the clubhouse. It was not Mrs. Peacock in the concession stand making lunch either. It must be either Miss Scarlet or Colonel Mustard and I know who it is….

*The murder reenacted:

Det. Apter:          It was you Colonel Mustard!  You stashed a bat in the press box thinking Frank Key would be there alone and you could kill him but when you returned the press box was locked! Then, your plan foiled, you stepped out on the concourse and you saw him! You saw Frank Key in the dugout and raced down to the field, catching him by surprise! Then, you drowned him in the Gatorade cooler!

Col. Mustard:    Lies! What about Miss Scarlet!? She had the knife!

Det. Apter:         Miss Scarlet is not the killer! Just a neat freak who went to the club to clean. She found a table knife and picked it up. Startled when she heard Frank Key scream,  she threw it over the ledge!

Col. Mustard:    It wasn’t me!

Det. Apter:         Then why are your trousers soaked in Gatorade!?!?! (Quick pan in on soaked pants)

Col Mustard:      That’s right – I did do it! I never liked that Frank Key guy. It was me – Colonel Mustard – in the Dugout – with the Gatorade Cooler!

*So, it was Mustard all along! Security escorted him out to boos and one fan’s cry of “Get him out of here! You’re disgusting!”

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Frank Key’s killer has been brought to justice.

Mystery solved.

*Butler/Detective Apter debriefed:

It’s A Bird, It’s A Plane, No, It’s Superhero Night!

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Frank Key is ready for Superhero Night, are you?

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.

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.

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Ryan Minor’s lineup for tonights game against Carolina

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.

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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!!

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*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!

For more information, you can check out our other blog post about the bobble head giveaway

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.

Tim Berry

*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.

Shake your Keys.

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