History was made at Harry Grove Stadium Monday as Frederick Keys manager Orlando Gomez passed Noel Figueroa for the most wins in team history (148).
The record was broken after the Keys defeated the Kinston Indians 2-0 after an RBI base hit by third baseman Dale Mollenhauer broke the scoreless tie in the seventh. Catcher Brian Ward also contributed to the cause with two hits in the game.
Gomez, 65, is in his second season as manager of the Frederick Keys. He helped lead the team to 72 wins in 2010. The team currently has 76 this season with 13 games to go. He didn't even think about setting the record until the Keys radio broadcaster Tim Murray talked to him on the field after the game.
"They mentioned something today but even I forgot the whole thing," Gomez said. "I was very surprised you know with everything going on in the field it just surprised me."
The Keys manager was emotional after the game when he realized that he had set the Keys record.
"I was getting tears in my eyes I swear to goodness," he said. "My eyes were getting watery and I had no idea what to say. It's a nice accomplishment."
Gomez has had a milestone filled season as earlier this year he reached the 900 win plateau as a minor league manager. He knows he wasn't able to accomplish these milestones by himself.
"I always have to give credit to my players because they are always playing hard for me," he said. "When you accomplish something like that you have to give credit to them and the coaching staff and everything."
Gomez also credited the fans and media for their support of the team throughout the season and has said he enjoys being the Keys manager. The goal is simple for him and the team the rest of the way.
"The goal is to definitely win a championship for the city of Frederick, the Orioles organization and its fans," Gomez said. "It would be great to come back next year and also have a shot at winning 1000 games."