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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.
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
After a winning just two of six games at home against Winston-Salem and Wilmington this past week, the Frederick Keys took to the road to play three games against the last place Lynchburg Hillcats.
On July 4 in Lynchburg, Brady Wager got his first win of the season. He gave up seven hits and three runs in seven innings pitched in his best outing of the season. Zach Fowler then came in to pitch two scoreless innings leaving the Keys on top, 8-3.[tweet https://twitter.com/FrederickKeys/status/352964750143004673]
Christian Walker had a big game going three-for-five with three doubles and three runs scored. Michael Ohlman hit a three-run homer in the third inning putting the Keys ahead 4-1. Ohlman is batting .424 in the second half of the season with six doubles, five home runs and 19 RBIs. He also has back-to-back Carolina League Player of the Week Awards under his belt.
*Check out the July 4 game story on FrederickKeys.com right here.
The Keys pulled off another 8-3 win the following day with Zach Davies on the mound. Davies left the game in the seventh inning after giving up just three runs and seven hits with four strikeouts (identical to Wager’s start yesterday in those four categories). Miguel Chalas came in to pitch two scoreless innings for Frederick.
Christian Walker had another great game going three-for-five with two doubles and a solo homer in the first inning to put the Keys up 2-0. In the month of July, Walker is batting .375 with five doubles and two homers.
*Want to read the full game story from the Keys July 5 game? Check it out right here.
In game three against the Hillcats, Luc Rennie got the start for Frederick. Rennie gave up four earned runs in 4+ innings pitched in his first start in the Carolina League on June 30. His July 6 outing was sadly not much different. Rennie gave up six hits, five runs (four earned) in only five innings pitched.
Hillcats starter, Greg Ross, held the Keys to just two hits and no runs in the six innings pitched. The Keys ended up losing 8-4.
Christian Walker came up big with a three run home off of reliever, Ronan Pacheco. Walker ended the game with just that one eighth inning homer.[tweet https://twitter.com/masnSteve/status/353588433463152640]
*Walker will join former teammate, Eduardo Rodriguez and Henry Urrutia in representing the Orioles’ organization in the All-Star Futures Game on Sunday, July 14.[tweet https://twitter.com/FrederickKeys/status/353653016475344896]
*In Orioles news, former Key, Manny Machado, was just selected as an American League All-Star. Machado is currently hitting .314 with a league-leading 29 doubles.
Last night’s eleven inning battle sadly ended in a loss for the Frederick Keys. The Wilmington Blue Rocks scored two runs in the top of the eleventh inning and won the game shortly after 7-5.
*The Keys mounted a comeback in the eighth inning to eventually send it into extras. Jason Esposito had three singles last night along side this RBI.
Michael Ohlman finished last night’s game four-for-four, just a triple shy of the cycle. He drove in two runs and walked once. He is batting .488 (20-41) in the second half of the season with six doubles, three home runs and 14 RBIs.[tweet https://twitter.com/1TimMurray/status/351882731287879680]
*Keys manager, Ryan Minor talked about his player’s improvement throughout the season with Tim Murray before yesterday’s game.
“[Ohlman] is taking more of a mental approach on it instead of just going out and playing. He studies the pitchers and he understands what they are trying to do to him.”
*Tonight the Keys take on the Blue Rocks in game two of this three game series at Harry Grove Stadium. Julio Rodriguez will get the start for the Keys tonight.
Rodriguez was transferred from Double-A Bowie to Frederick today after just one start for the Baysox. He pitched 2.2 innings, gave up six runs, walk seven batters and threw three wild pitches in his Eastern League Debut. He started twice in the Gulf Coast League pitching a total of nine innings and only gave up eight hits and five runs.[tweet https://twitter.com/1TimMurray/status/352169681320280064]
For all of the information you need to know about tonight’s game, check out our game notes!
*The Baltimore Orioles are looking to add a little more beef to their starting rotation and did just that with their trade with the Chicago Cubs. The O’s traded reliever Pedro Strop, starter Jake Arrieta and international bonus slots Nos. 3 and 4 to the Cubs for Scott Feldman. Feldman, age 30, is currently 7-6 with a 3.46 ERA in 15 starts with Chicago. Baltimore also acquired catcher, Steve Clevenger in the deal.
*Former Keys pitcher, Eddie Gamboa, was named Eastern League Pitcher of the Week. He threw a seven inning no-hitter on Sunday for the Bowie Baysox.[tweet https://twitter.com/danconnollysun/status/351755626059284480]
*In other Baysox news, former Keys pitcher, Eduardo Rodriguez, will get his first start in Double-A baseball tonight at 7:05. Rodriguez was promoted to Bowie on June 28 of this year. Before getting moved up, he was 6-4 with a 2.85 ERA in 14 starts with Frederick.
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.
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
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Before we get started, take a listen to this:
That was one of Michael Ohlman’s two triples Friday night, part of a weekend that saw him go 5-for-10 with four extra-base hits and earned him the Keys’ first Carolina League Player of the Week nod this season.
Ohlman has been the Keys’ most productive offensive player since returning from the disabled list on May 23, batting .340 with five home runs, four triples, five doubles and 12 RBIs. His average now sits at .300 for the year. Read more about Ohlman and his league honor here.
Ohlman’s been getting some twitter love today, as word of his POTW honor spread quickly through the Baltimore media.[tweet https://twitter.com/EddieInTheYard/status/349213669978148864] [tweet https://twitter.com/masnRoch/status/349203287465156609] [tweet https://twitter.com/RichDubroffCSN/status/349202667362455554]
*As for last night, the Keys lost 6-5 to Myrtle Beach and are just 11-18 in one-run games this year. Read Adam Vencill’s game story in the Frederick News-Post here. It was an ugly game and here’s a little of what Ryan Minor said in today’s paper.
“A poor game all around. We can’t have nine walks. We can’t have runners not score with less than two outs two or three times,” Minor said. “It’s a tough loss, but we’ll bounce back tomorrow and go back at it.”
*Tonight the Keys head to Carolina to open a four-game set with the 22-51 Mudcats. Zach Davies starts for Frederick against all-star Cody Anderson, who has the second lowest ERA in the league at 2.63. Davies won his only start against the Mudcats this season, despite allowing five runs. More on tonight’s 7:15 p.m. game is below, in the game notes. You can listen to the Keys on 1450 AM The Source in Frederick or online at wthu.org. The broadcast is also available on smartphones through the TuneIn Radio app.
*Offense hasn’t been an issue for the Keys lately as they’re averaging nearly eight runs per game over their last six. Keys play-by-play man Adam Pohl sat down with Keys hitting coach Torre Tyson before last series:
*The Keys are back in town Friday and stay home through July 3rd. Get your tickets online.
*Saturday is Disney Night presented by Cruise Holidays of Frederick, who will be giving away a Disney trip at Saturday’s game. We’re placing beach balls around Frederick this week that can be redeemed at Cruise Holidays for a free ticket to Saturday’s game and an entry in the giveaway. Keep your ear to the ground and your eyes on our Facebook page for clues.
*We’ll have fireworks all weekend and on July 3rd, which will also feature a beer tasting special called “Taste of History Night.” Brewer’s Alley will be unveiling their newest Civil War era beer, Gettysburg Wheat, along with five other tasty brews. More info on the beer special is in flyer below. Call 301-815-9000 for more info or to purchase.
Until next time, Shake your Keys.
Myrtle Beach continued its dominance of the Keys last night, winning its ninth game in the 12 that the two teams have played this season. The Pelicans won 7-3 last night to open the second half, but in baseball there’s almost always tomorrow, and that’s the case today.
The Keys host the Pelicans at 6 p.m. for the annual Scout Night at The Grove. Hopefully the 1,000 or so campers spending the night at the stadium will be happy after tonight’s contest. More on tonight’s game in a bit. First, let’s look back at last night, Fredrick’s 10th loss in its last 12 games.
*Read Bill Cauley’s game story from last night’s loss here on the Frederick News-Post’s website. He spoke with Keys manager Ryan Minor post-game. Here’s a bit of their conversation:
“They just seem to have our number, we can’t quite figure them out,” Keys’ manager Ryan Minor said. “You want to get off to a good start in the second half, this is not the way to do it.”
*Tim Berry starts for the Keys tonight, a winner in his only start against Myrtle Beach this season, against fellow left-hander Victor Payano, owner of the third lowest batting average against in the Carolina League. All your info for today’s game is in the game notes:
*A few Keys have been slumping lately, including the team leader in home runs, Nicky Delmonico, who went 0-2 with the bases loaded last night. He’s got just six hits in his last 38 at-bats, but attempted to remedy his slump with what he calls “vacuum therapy.”
*Tickets are still available for tonight’s game. Buy them here.
Shake your Keys.
The Carolina League all-star break ends tomorrow and for Keys players, their break ended this afternoon. The team is back at Harry Grove Stadium for a late afternoon workout as they prepare for the start of the second half of the season.
The Keys’ second half begins tomorrow at 7 p.m. against Myrtle Beach at Harry Grove Stadium. But before we get back to focusing on this year’s team, let’s continue to look at likely future Keys with part three (picks 21-30) of our Orioles draft review. (Click for parts one and two.)
*Orioles draft review, part three
- Nicky Cunningham, RHP (Rd. 20, 609th Overall)- This 6-foot-2 righty from Arizona has a fastball that is consistent in the high 80s. He compliments it with a very nice slider has well and a decent change-up. His freshman year he posted a 4.29 ERA in 35 appearances but only made 29 appearances in the following three seasons. He had a 5.72 ERA in 28 innings his senior year.
- Levi Scott, 1B (Rd. 21, 639th Overall)- This past season at Howard College, Scott posted a .359 average, hit four homers, drove in 27 runs and scored 27 runs as well. The 6-foot-3 first baseman also did some pitching in high school and college, but his stuff is not good enough for the majors so the Orioles are looking to mold him into an infielder.
- Jon Keller, RHP (Rd. 22, 669th Overall)- Keller helped the Tampa Spartans reach the D-II College World Series his junior season. That year he went 4-3 with a 4.19 ERA. He did not give up a home run in 54 innings. His 6-foot-5 stature allows him to create heat off of the mound pitching consistently between 90-94 MPH. His secondary stuff needs work. He was ranked 295th in Baseball America’s Top 500.
- Stefan Crichton, RHP (Rd. 23, 699th Overall)- In 2012, Crichton pitched 95 innings for Texas Christian and finished 9-2, struck out 53 and only gave up 36 earned runs. In his three years at TCU, he finished 19-8 with a 3.73 ERA. His fastball sits in the high eighties topping out at 89 MPH.
- Jared Breen, SS (Rd. 24, 729th Overall)- He started in 63 of 64 games at Belmont his sophomore year. Breen hit .280 with 35 runs scored and 32 RBIs. In 63 games he had 15 multi-hit games and nine multi RB games. He the perfect leadoff guy and always finding a way to get on base.
- Danny Ayers, LHP (Rd. 25, 759th Overall)- Ranked 177th in Baseball America’s Top 500, Ayers has a fast ball that consistently hits 94 MPH and it is paired with an excellent curveball that is in the upper 70s. His fastball has slowed down a little since the scouts first saw him play because he is working on his control and feel for the mound. He is committed to Western Michigan.
- Layne Bruner, LHP (Rd. 26, 789th Overall)- His fast sits in the mid-80s but scouts are hoping his 6-foot-2, 170 pound build allows some run for growing and strength as he gets older and improves. This Washington State commit like his composure on the mound and his above average curveball.
- Donnie Hart, LHP (Rd. 27, 819th Overall)- In 2012, he appeared in 14 games, all out of the bullpen. He had scoreless outings in his first five appearances and eight of his first nine. He finished the year allowing batters to hit only .138 against him. His fastball sits around 86 MPH and throws a very good slider.
- Robert Tyler, RHP (Rd. 28, 849th Overall)- He consistently throws between 90-93 MPH topping out at 95 MPH from time to time. His curveball is not the best but he is still a raw player and needs a lot of improvement. Standing at 6-foot-5, he weighs in just under 200 pounds so there is room for improvement. The Georgia commit has been one called one of the best pitchers in Georgia this past season leading his high school to their deepest playoff run in fifty years.
- Conor Bierfeldt, OF (Rd. 29, 879th Overall)- Senior Co Captain Conor Biereldt was named 3rd Team All American while playing at Western Connecticut State University. He batted .396 that season with 16 doubles, 9 home runs and 54 RBIs.
*In other Orioles draft news, the Birds have come to agreements with some of their top picks. First rounder Josh Hart has been signed, according to reports, including MASN’s Steve Melewski.[tweet https://twitter.com/masnSteve/status/347750844399243264]
Our report on Hart, from part one of the draft review:
- Josh Hart, OF (Rd. 1, 36th Overall)- Ranked 57th according to Baseball America’s Top 500, Hart is known for his ability to find the gaps in the field. Not much of a power hitter, many scouts do not agree with his lack of lower body in his swing but nonetheless, he could be an excellent leadoff hitter. The Georgia Tech signee’s speed not only helps on the bases but also defensively in the outfield as well.
The Orioles announced the signing of second-round pick Chance Sisco today. From part one of the draft review:
- Chance Sisco, C (Rd. 2, 61st Overall)- This former shortstop is new to catching but seems like it could be the right fit for him. Sisco has shown a sub-2.0-second pop time though his accuracy was not the best. He was ranked 151st according to Baseball America’s Top 500. His sheer athleticism is shown in his soft hands behind the plate and ability to play in the field as well. This left-handed hitter has power but has a slight tendency to drift at the plate.
And Jim Callis, executive editor of Baseball America, on Sisco, in 140 characters or less:[tweet https://twitter.com/jimcallisBA/status/347774769900445696]
For more on the O’s second-round selection, Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun spoke with Sisco about his signing.
The O’s first pick, Hunter Harvey is close to a deal as well, according to Melewski.[tweet https://twitter.com/masnSteve/status/347758756366516225]
Shake your Keys.