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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.[tweet https://twitter.com/eduardorod5/status/356015720812904448]
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!!
*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![tweet https://twitter.com/FrederickKeys/status/356142031506128896]
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.
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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.
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Mother Nature did not cooperate with the Keys’ plans Friday night, washing away Casino Night and postponing the 7 p.m. game against Wilmington.
But, as a result, we’re playing two at The Grove tonight, which will make for one grand Saturday evening at the ballpark. The doubleheader starts at 6 p.m. and gates open at 5 p.m.
*Bobblehead giveaway tips:
- If you want a Manny bobblehead (it looks good, doesn’t it?) get here early. The earlier the better.
- We’re giving away 1,000 bobbles courtesy of BayRunner Shuttle when the gates open at 5 p.m.
- It’s first come, first serve and there will be a line.
Once you’ve got your bobblehead, get ready for two games that feature some strong pitching matchups. In game one, Keys pitcher Tim Berry takes on Blue Rocks top-pitching prospect and 2012 first-round pick Kyle Zimmer in game one. A look at the game one matchup:
KEYS GAME ONE STARTER: LHP Tim Berry (2-1, 3.44)
- Fourth in the Carolina League with 38 strikeouts.
- Retired first 13 Wilmington batters in April 12 start against Zimmer and Blue Rocks. Fanned eight and allowed two runs on two hits and two walks over six innings in start, receiving a no-decision in the Keys’ 4-3 win.
- Rated by Baseball America as Baltimore’s 11th-best prospect.
- Drafted in the final (50th) round of the 2009 draft by the Orioles after senior season of high school, during which he threw a no-hitter and then had Tommy John surgery.
BLUE ROCKS GAME ONE STARTER: RHP Kyle Zimmer (0-2, 4.03)
- Struck out eight Keys on April 12, allowing an unearned run on two hits and three walks. Enters game coming off a 6.1-inning, one-run start.
- Leads the Carolina League with 12.41 K/9 ratio; second in strikeouts (40).
- Rated by Baseball America as Kansas City’s No. 1 prospect. Had surgery to remove bone chips from his pitching elbow in the offseason. When healthy, has registered 99 mph with his fastball.
And game two’s matchup:
KEYS GAME TWO STARTER: LHP Trent Howard (1-0, 0.51)
- Has allowed just one run in 17.2 innings out the bullpen this season.
- Went 0-1 with a 4.30 ERA in three starts vs. Blue Rocks last season
BLUE ROCKS GAME TWO STARTER: LHP John Lamb (2-3, 4.88)
- Had Tommy John surgery in ‘11; prior to injury was KC’s top pitching prospect
- Rated as Royals No. 11 prospect by Baseball America; 0-2, 8.00 ERA on the road this season
*Before we get underway with the games, The Grove will have a special first pitcher tonight. Noah “Biingo” Gray of “The Biggest Loser” fame will be tossing out a ceremonial first pitch this evening.
Biingo, a 13-year-old from New Windsor, was one of three child participants on the show who wanted to lose weight and get healthier. As part of his journey to a healthier lifestyle, Biingo, who loves baseball, came to Harry Grove Stadium for a workout that aired on the show.
He’s back tonight and he’s fit. Check out his before and after photos on nbc.com.
*And we’re planning for a beefed up fireworks show tonight, seeing as last night’s got rained out.
As of 2 p.m., tickets are still available. But them online at FrederickKeys.com at any time, at 301-815-9939 until 3 p.m., or at the Keys box office at Harry Grove Stadium.
*Tonight’s game one lineup:
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The Keys open a four-game homestand tonight at 7 p.m. against Wilmington. It’s Casino Night at Harry Grove Stadium, too.
Reasons to come to tonight’s game:
- Tonight’s pitching matchup – Keys LHP Tim Berry vs. Blue Rocks RHP Kyle Zimmer — has double-digit strikeout potential. Both are top-5 in strikeouts in the Carolina League and Zimmer leads the league in K/9 at 12.41. When these two started opposite one another on April 12, 16 batters walked away with a K after six innings.
- One fan will win a suite to a future Keys game as part of our Casino Night. We’ll have several special in-game promotions, as well.
- Zimmer is Kansas City’s top pitching prospect and has been known to throw 99 mph fastballs.
- The Keys are playing well right now, leading the Northern Division at 18-14 and leading the Carolina League in runs scored.
- Zane Chavez’s mustache: view it here when he rounds second base after hitting a homer at Winston-Salem.
- Buy your tickets here, call 301-815-9939 or visit the box office at The Grove.
*Some game notes:
WHIFF IT, WHIFF IT GOOD: Tonight’s starters are two of the best strikeout pitchers in the Carolina League. Zimmer leads the league in strikeouts per nine innings, striking out 12.41 batters per nine. Zimmer’s 40 strikeouts are tied for second in the league and Berry’s 38 are fourth.
FEELIN’ HOT, HOT, HOT: Keys catcher Zane Chavez and second baseman Jerome Pena have been swinging hot bats as of late. Chavez is batting .389 with 13 RBIs in his last nine games, providing some pop in the middle of Frederick’s order. He’s also walked 11 times in the last six games, putting him in second in the Carolina League with 21 free passes on the season. And after a dreadful start to the season, Pena is batting .344 over his last 10 games with two homers and eight RBIs, raising his batting average to .224.
BORN TO (SCORE) RUN(S): The Keys remain the worst hitting team in the Carolina League by batting average, hitting just .230 as a team, but lead the league in runs scored with 156. Possible explanations for the Keys’ offensive efficiency – they lead the league in walks (156) with 36 more than the teams tied for second and have the second-best OBP in the league (.329). Frederick’s batting .244 with runners in scoring position and have hit 24 homers this season.
*Keys lineup for tonight:
*Another chance to win a Manny Machado bobblehead on our Facebook page today before we give out 1,000 courtesy of BayRunner Shuttle at the gate at tomorrow’s 6 p.m. game. Keep your eyes peeled for a Manny trivia question on our Facebook timeline. Buy your tickets for Saturday’s game here, call 301-815-9939 or visit the box office at The Grove.
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Scott Rice spent once season in the Frederick Keys’ bullpen – 2003. Ten years later, he became the 126th former Key to reach the Majors.
Rice made his debut with the New York Mets on April 1 at age 31. During his season with the Keys, Rice, a left-handed reliever, went 1-3 with a 3.19 ERA in 31 innings pitched over 25 appearances. He reached Triple-A in 2006 and played for nine clubs, including an independent league team in 2008, after making his first Triple-A roster before getting the call to the majors.
The Orioles selected Rice in the 14th round of the 1999 draft out of high school. He spent three seasons in rookie ball before reaching the Single-A level in 2002 and after starting 2003 with Delmarva, he spent the second half of the year with the Keys.
Rice spent 14 seasons in the minors and threw 805 innings, becoming almost exclusively a reliever in 2003. Those 14 seasons and his persistence in the minors are paying off now.
In 18 games this season, Rice has a 1.76 ERA in 15.1 inning pitched for the Mets, the eighth Major League organization he’s signed with.
Other off day news:
*We’re giving away another Manny Machado bobblehead today on our Facebook page. To win it, like us and then keep your eyes peeled for a Manny Machado trivia question we’ll post later. Be the first to correctly answer, and the bobble is yours.
*Don’t forget we’re also giving away 1,000 Manny bobbles courtesy of BayRunner Shuttle when the gates open for Saturday’s 6 p.m. game against Wilmington. Fireworks will follow Saturday’s game and Friday’s 7 p.m. game, the opener of a brief four-game homestand at Harry Grove Stadium.
Get your tickets here, call the Keys’ box office at 301-815-9939 or purchase them at the box office at Harry Grove Stadium.
*The Baltimore Sun’s Ed Encina asks, “Why isn’t Manny Machado mentioned in the same breath as fellow phenoms Trout and Harper?”
Your first-place Keys are back in town tomorrow. Shake your Keys.
Shortly after yesterday’s blog post went up, the Keys got rained out in Winston-Salem.
The good news is you don’t have to wait long for Keys baseball today. Frederick takes on Winston-Salem this morning at 11 a.m., looking to cap off an undefeated road trip.
If the Keys, who have won their first four games on this trip, win today, it will be their most successful road swing in recent Keys history. The best trips in recent memory:
- 5/27-29/11 – Keys swept Salem Red Sox; 4 games in 3 nights – 4-0 road trip
- 7/13-20/11 – 8 game trip to Wilmington & Kinston; Lost game 1 in Wilmington, won 6 in a row, lost game 8 in Kinston
- 8/19-24/05 – 7 game road trip to Myrtle Beach & Kinston; Won first 5 games but lost final 2 in Kinston
Listen to today’s game on AM1450 The Source, online at wthu.org or through the TuneIn Radio App by searching for WTHU. The Frederick Gorilla Pregame Show starts 30 minutes before first pitch.
*We’ll be giving away Manny Machado bobbleheads to the first 1,000 fans in the gates at Harry Grove Stadium for Saturday’s 6 p.m. game against Wilmington. Gates open at 5.
We’re also giving away a bobble today, tomorrow and Friday on our Facebook page. To win it, like us and then keep yours eyes peeled for a Manny Machado trivia question. Be the first to correctly answer, and the bobble is yours.
Tickets to Saturday’s game and the rest of the four-game series with Wilmington that begins Friday at 7 p.m. can be purchased online here, by calling 301-815-9939 or by visiting the Keys’ box office at The Grove.
For those of you who want a Manny bobblehead, but don’t want to fight the crowd Saturday, a free bobblehead comes with the purchase of any of our ticket plans. One bobble head per seat. We have Dylan Bundy, too.
*Speaking of Manny, his WAR (Wins Above Replacement) is better than that of fellow phenoms Bryce Harper and Mike Trout, for all you lovers of advanced metrics. Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal gives Machado love in this story.
*For those of you wondering, Tuesday’s postponed game will be made up in Winston-Salem as part of a Memorial Day Doubleheader.
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