LYNCHBURG, VA -Daniel Castro delivered a walk-off single in the top of the 10th, as the Lynchburg Hillcats defeated the Frederick Keys 6-5 in extra-innings on Friday night at City Stadium. With a one-run lead going into the top of the ninth, the Keys saw things slip away, after an RBI single by Kyle Wren tied the game. Lynchburg then put the first two men on base in the 10th to set the stage for Castro.
Like Thursday, the Keys started quickly. Facing Braves No. 5 prospect Mauricio Cabrera, Glynn Davis opened the game with a single. He moved to second after Will Skinner bobbled the ball in right, and scored one batter later on an RBI base-hit by Brenden Webb.
Parker Bridwell labored in the first, but got out of dodge via a double-play. In the second, he was not as fortunate. After a double by Edison Sanchez, the righty issued a pair of two-out walks to load the bases. Taking advantage, Jose Peraza singled to left, while Michael Burgess bobbled the exchange allowing everyone to score.
Down 3-1, the Keys tied the game in the third. With two outs, Tucker Nathans singled and scored on double by Creede Simpson. He advanced to third after Hillcats starter Mauricio Cabrera crossed up his catcher Tyler Tewell, while a subsequent wild pitch evened the count.
Lynchburg regained the lead in the fourth on a fielder's choice after Bridwell walked the first two men of the inning. The Texan departed after four frames, allowing four runs (three earned), on the night. Bridwell's biggest problem was control. On the game he issued six walks, tying a career-high.
Cabrera also exited the game after four innings. Leaving the game to the bullpen, Greg Ross held the Keys off the board for the next three innings, but Jesse Beal was equally as good. In his 2014 debut, the 6-7 righty tossed three innings of scoreless baseball. He allowed only two hits and struck out three.
In the eighth, Simpson and Wynston Sawyer cracked Ross. Coming through with two outs, Simpson doubled home Davis (after the Keys leadoff man opened the inning with a two-bagger) and Sawyer followed with a double of his own to make it 5-4. Simpson finished 3-for-5 with two doubles, two RBIs and a pair of runs scored. This season, three of his four hits have gone for extra-bases.
On for the save, Matt Price (0-1) allowed a single to Levi Hyams to open the ninth. Castro moved the runner over to second on a sac-bunt, before Wren singled home the tying run. The Keys failed to score off Zach Jadofsky (1-0), while Castro plated the winning run off Price after Tewell and Edison Sanchez both reached to open the innings.
The Keys and the Hillcats play game three of the four-game set on Saturday night at 6:05 p.m. Lefty Matt Taylor (0-0, --) makes the start for the Keys and will be countered by right-hander Wes Parsons (0-0, --) for Lynchburg. Pre-game radio coverage begins at 5:45 on 1450 AM the Source and on frederickkeys.com.
Opening Day 2014 for the Frederick Keys is scheduled for Tuesday, April 8, when the Carolina Mudcats visit Harry Grove Stadium at 7:00 p.m. For ticket information, please call 301-815-9939 or visit frederickkeys.com.