Lynchburg Arms Lead Hillcats to Series Victory
LYNCHBURG, VA - The Frederick Keys struck out a season-high 16 times and managed only one marker in a 4-1 loss to the Lynchburg Hillcats on Tuesday night at City Stadium. With the setback the Keys fall to one game below .500 for the first time in 2018.
Hillcats left-hander Sam Hentges struck out 10 to pick up his second victory of the season. The left-hander tallied two or more strikeouts in each of his last three innings. Hentges (2-0) scattered five hits and walked one.
Things got no easier for the Keys (6-7) against the bullpen duo of Dalbert Siri and Henry Martinez. Tossing three combined innings, the two Hillcats (6-6) relievers struck out six and allowed one run. Martinez earned the save retiring three of the four he faced on punch outs.
Lynchburg tallied single runs in the third and fifth innings. Dillon Persinger singled off Alex Wells and reached second after an error in leftfield by Randolph Gassaway. Following a bunt to move Persinger into scoring position, Mitch Longo singled to make it 1-0.
The Hillcats added one more off Wells (0-1) in the fifth. With two outs, Luke Wakamatsu doubled before back-to-back singles brought the run home. Tagged with the loss, Wells surrendered two runs on eight hits in 4.2 innings. The Australian walked two and struck out two.
Following a scoring drought the Keys cut Lynchburg's lead in half in the eighth. With men at the corners, J.C. Escarra ripped a single through the right side of the infield to score Preston Palmeiro.
Unfortunately, Lynchburg got the two rings back in the bottom of the eighth. With two on, Persinger doubled home Connor Capel and Jodd Carter to close out the Lynchburg scoring.
The Keys close out their series with Lynchburg on Wednesday morning. Right-hander Cristian Alvarado (2-0, 2.38) starts for the Keys and will be opposed by Hillcats right-hander Zach Plesac (0-1, 5.91). First pitch is slated for 11:00 a.m and the broadcast can be heard on frederickkeys.com and the TuneIn radio app. The Keys return home on Thursday to face the Wilmington Blue Rocks at 7:00 p.m. For tickets, fans can call the club at 301-815-9939 or visit frederickkeys.com.
The Frederick Keys are the Advanced-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, and play their home games at Nymeo Field at Harry Grove Stadium. In 2017, the Keys received the Esurance Home Field Advantage Award for Carolina League for the second straight season, after leading the circuit in highest percentage of attendance based on ballpark capacity. The club will celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2018. For more information about the Frederick Keys please contact Geoff Arnold by phone at (301)-815-9915 or by emailing at GArnold@FrederickKeys.com.
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