FREDERICK, MD-Chris Clare hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the Frederick Keys (27-33) a 1-0 victory over the Lynchburg Hillcats (27-32) on Monday night. It was the first time the Keys played an extra inning game in 2018, and marked the second walk-off win for the club.
With the new Minor League Baseball rule implemented this year, T.J. Nichting was placed at second base to begin the 10th. Following a strikeout of Cole Billingsley , Clare came to bat. On the sixth pitch, he dunked a single to right field that allowed Nichting to score and gave the Keys a 1-0 victory.
Named a Carolina League Midseason All-Star on Monday, Alex Wells fired eight scoreless innings for the Keys. The eight innings was a career-high for the left-hander, and was the highest total for a Keys pitcher since Cristian Alvarado tossed eight innings against Buies Creek last July 14. The left-hander tossed six scoreless innings and struck out nine without walking a batter. He needed just 85 pitches to get through his outing.
On the other side, Hillcats starter Sam Hentges fired 6.2 scoreless innings and scattered four hits. Also named an All-Star, he walked three and struck out six while throwing 89 pitches.
Zach Muckehirn (1-1) picked up his first Carolina League win by pitching two scoreless innings and allowing just one hit. He stranded the bases loaded in the top of the 10th. The losing pitcher was Jared Robsinon (1-2). He surrendered an unearned run on two hits over 2.2 innings.
The two teams play the first of back-to-back doubleheaders on Tuesday night. Game one will feature right-hander Mike Baumann (3-0, 1.88) for the Keys against Hillcats left-hander Tanner Tully (2-6, 5.61). In game two, the Keys will send Lucas Humpal (1-6, 5.82) to the mound against Lynchburg right-hander Micah Miniard (1-1, 5.02). First pitch of game one is slated for 5:00 p.m. and the game can be heard on frederickkeys.com and the TuneIn Radio app.
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