FREDERICK, MD -Lucas Sims turned in his fourth straight quality start, while the Lynchburg Hillcats batted around in the second, in a 6-3 win over the Frederick Keys on Saturday night at Harry Grove Stadium. The loss drops the Keys to 10 games under .500 at home this season (19-29), and gives Lynchburg the season series.
Following Friday's script, Lynchburg used one big inning to seize control of the game. After failing to score in the first, the visitors plated four in the second off Keys starter Sebastian Vader. Kevin Ahrens opened the inning with a walk and scored on a double to right-center by Tyler Tewell. Emerson Landoni added a single to advance Tewell to third while a sac-fly by Hyams made it 2-0 Hillcats.
A David Nick RBI groundout stretched the Hillcats lead to a field goal, before Vader (1-3) would be bit by command woes. With two outs, the Californian walked Jose Martinez and Justin Bloxom, before a third free pass to Will Skinner forced home the fourth run of the inning. In total, Vader walked five, one short of his career high. Over three innings, he surrendered five runs on seven hits and struck out four. It was his shortest outing since July 6, 2012 at Short-Season Aberdeen.
Chih-Hsien Chiang got the Keys on the scoreboard in the second with a solo homer to center, but Lucas Sims would be tough to figure out for the majority of the evening. After the home run by Chiang, Sims (7-9) would allow only an RBI double in the fifth to Wynston Sawyer which scored Brenden Webb and a sac-fly by Joel Hutter in the sixth which also plated Webb. Over seven frames, the righty gave up three runs on five hits. He walked one and struck out four to earn his first win against the Keys all year.
Former Mount St. Mary's pitcher, Brady Feigl, worked a clean eighth and Alex Wilson negotiated his way around an infield single and a passed ball in the ninth to garner his 12th save in as many opportunities. Sawyer led the Keys at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and an RBI. Webb also posted a multi-hit game, ending 2-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored.
Dennis Torres kept the Keys in the game thanks to four innings of shutout baseball. The four innings tied a career-high, while it lowered his ERA to 0.57 (15.2 IP/ER) in the month of July.
The Keys and the Hillcats conclude their three game series on Sunday afternoon at 4:00 p.m. Mark Blackmar (6-1, 3.63) gets the start for Frederick and will be opposed by Lynchburg righty Cody Scarpetta (3-4, 3.29). It's a Sunday Funday at the Grove sponsored by Heartfields of Frederick. For ticket information, fans can call 301-815-9939 or visit frederickkeys.com. The broadcast can also be heard on 1450 AM The Source beginning at 3:45.