The Keys lost an early four-run lead but got five solid innings from their bullpen en route to a third straight win as the Keys upended Lynchburg 6-5 on Tuesday night in Frederick. The Keys have a chance for a second home series sweep on Wednesday evening at Harry Grove Stadium.
Frederick jumped out to an early 2-0 lead with consecutive RBI singles in the first inning from designated hitter Nicky Delmonico and catcher Zane Chavez. The lead swelled to 4-0 in the third inning when Delmonico lined a sharp home run down the right field line, his second deep fly in as many nights.
The Keys seemed in complete control. Starter Tyler Wilson retired the first 11 batters and 12 of the first 13 but in the fifth inning in a 5-1 game Lynchburg battled back. The first six Hillcats to bat in the fifth inning reached.
With the score 5-3 and the bases loaded Hillcats center fielder Matt Lipka hit a deep ball down the left-field line. The ball was ruled to have stayed in the ballpark as a double that tied the game. Lynchburg argued profusely that the ball had left the park. The call would end up a big one.
Into the game came reliever Matt Bischoff. With runners at second and third and nobody out Bischoff got a groundout and two strikeouts to keep the game tied. He would face ten batters and get them all out.
The Keys, who left 15 men on base in the game, finally scratched home the winning run. In the bottom of the eighth inning, shortstop Sammie Starr walked and reached second base on a groundout. Starr, who already tabulated two RBI-doubles in the game prior, would break for third base. The throw sailed wide of the bag into left field and Starr trotted home with the would-be winning run.
Zach Fowler, who had entered in the eighth inning, worked a 1-2-3 ninth inning for his first win of the year.
The first-place Keys now looks for a series sweep Wednesday evening against the Lynchburg Hillcats. For your tickets contact the Keys at 301-815-9939 or purchase online at frederickkeys.com.