LYNCHBURG, VA -Matt Taylor was outstanding in his debut with the Keys, but late walks kept the door open for Hillcats, who scored a 4-3 win on Saturday night at City Stadium. One night after Jose Castro delivered a walk-off victory for Lynchburg, Kyle Wren played hero, singling home Jose Peraza in the bottom of the ninth. With the loss, the Keys drop to 1-2 on the season, while the Hillcats improve to 2-1.
Taylor was locked in from the start for Frederick. Making his Carolina League debut, the lefty did not allow a hit over the first three innings, while he successfully worked around a first and third jam in the fourth, thanks to a flyball out, and an outstanding throw to the plate by Glynn Davis to gun down Josh Elander. Taylor exited after six innings of shutout baseball. He scattered three hits, walked three and struck out two.
Lynchburg starter Wes Parsons also looked strong early. However, after four innings of one-hit baseball, he ran into trouble in the fifth. Adrian Marin tripled to right-center and scored on a second three-bagger by Joel Hutter. Keeping the rally going, Glynn Davis singled up the middle to end Parsons night, and give Frederick a 2-0 lead.
Lynchburg got on the scoreboard in the seventh via a fielder's choice by Joe Odom, but tied the game in the eighth. Struggling with his command, Gene Escat walked the bases loaded before being removed for Lex Rutledge (0-1). He allowed a sacrifice fly to Will Skinner to tie the game at two, before Daniel Castro added a bunt single to plate the go-ahead run.
Down to their final at-bats, Frederick evened the score. Hillcats closer Nate Hyatt (1-0) struck out the first two batters, but Torsten Boss doubled to put a man in scoring position. Answering the bell, Marin singled home his teammate to make it 3-3 and hand Hyatt the blown save.
Back for the bottom of the ninth, Rutledge allowed a one-out single to Jose Peraza. The speedster proceeded to steal second, before Wren dunked a single into center to hand Lynchburg the victory.
The Keys and the Hillcats wrap up their four-game series on Sunday afternoon at 2:05 p.m. Right-hander Brady Wager (0-0, --) makes the start for Frederick and will be countered righty Jarrett Miller (0-0, --) for the Hillcats. Pre-game radio coverage begins at 1:45 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.