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Miguel Chalas vs. The Lynchburg Skunk

Keys pitcher Miguel Chalas shows no fear and gloves a wayward skunk in right field Saturday in Lynchburg.

Keys pitcher Miguel Chalas shows no fear and gloves a wayward skunk in right field Saturday in Lynchburg. Courtesy of wset.com

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:

Miguel Chalas

Miguel Chalas

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.

The Lynchburg Skunk

The Lynchburg Skunk

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.

BREAKING NEWS!  

The skunk glove has been spotted!!

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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 fashion show and the skunk incident

Ah, Lynchburg.

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.

The Lyncburg Thrift Shop Fashion Show podium: Gold - Michael Ohlman (center), Silver - Jerome Pena (right), Bronze - Sammie Starr (left)

The Lynchburg Thrift Shop Fashion Show podium: Gold – Michael Ohlman (center), Silver – Jerome Pena (right), Bronze – Sammie Starr (left)

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.

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*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.

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The skunk apparently made an appearance in center field last night and has garnered the hashtag #rallyskunk

On The Road Report: Keys Take Two Of Three In Lynchburg

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.

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.

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Photo Credit: Tim Jacobsen

*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.

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Davies picked up his fifth win of the season and his first since May 25.

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.

*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.

*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.

Keys go for series win with Berry on the hill

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Keys starter Tim Berry takes the hill for Frederick in Lynchburg tonight.

Tyler Wilson gave his performance of the season for the Keys last night, but Kyle Kubitza spoiled what looked like was going to be the Keys’ third straight win with a walk-off solo homer in the ninth inning. Frederick can still take the series tonight with a win. Tim Berry (2-2, 2.95) starts for the Keys.

*From last night’s game:

READ: The recap here. The box score here. And a story by Kent Zakour of The Gazette on Tommy Winegardner’s j0urney to the pitching mound in Frederick is here.

LISTEN: To last night’s Keys highlight of the game, Johnny Ruettiger’s two-RBI single.

Also, an interview with Keys reliever Zach Fowler.

For tonight’s game:

KEYS STARTER: LHP Tim Berry (2-2, 2.95)

  • Leads starters in ERA, ninth in the Carolina League.
  • Struck out 11 Hillcats on April 17 but allowed four runs in six innings, taking his first loss on the season.
  • 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.

LAST APPEARANCE FOR BERRY:

  DATE

OPP

RES

DEC

IP

    H

R

ER

BB

SO

5/11

W-S

L

L

5.2

6

5

0

2

4

HILLCATS STARTER: RHP James Hoyt (2-1, 3.77)

  • Pitching in his 10th game of the season and making his third start; 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA as a starter and 2-0 with a 2.21 ERA as a reliever.
  • Threw six scoreless, no-hit innings in his first start of the season on May 3 against Winston-Salem. Allowed 7 runs in 3.1 innings against Myrtle Beach six days later.
  • Signed by Atlanta as a free agent out of independent leagues where he played two seasons. Pitched in 11 games in the Mexican League after signing.

KEYNOTES:

PICKING UP WHERE HE LEFT OFF: Keys third baseman Nicky Delmonico picked up a hit in the April 18 game at Potomac when he suffered a concussion that forced him to miss three weeks. Since returning Sunday, Delmonico’s pushed his hit streak to five games, extending his streak with a double last night. Just 20 years old, Delmonico has reached base in 14 of the 15 games he’s played and has recorded hits in 13 of them. His longest hitting streak this season was seven games and he’s hit in six consecutive away games.

HOLDING BACK HEFFLINGER: In their first series this season, the Keys held Lynchburg slugger Robby Hefflinger, currently second in the Carolina League in homers (8) and RBI (26), to just one hit in 12 at-bats, an RBI double. He didn’t play in Tuesday’s game and went 0-4 with 2 strikeouts on Wednesday.

PUNCH IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ORDER: The Keys middle of the order saw a significant change last weekend. Beginning on Sunday afternoon, first baseman Christian Walker took over the No. 3 spot after being promoted from Class-A Delmarva and Nicky Delmonico returned from the disabled list to his fifth-spot in the batting order. Catcher Zane Chavez, among league leaders in batting average, on-base percentage and walks, batted fourth. In their games at the heart of the order, the trio has gone a combined 12-for-48 (.250) with three homers, 10 RBIs and eight doubles.

*Do you Groupon? The Keys do. Check out this deal: two field seats to any Sunday-Thursday home game and a Keys hat for $20. Normally, that would run you $44. Buy it here.

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