FREDERICK, MD-Lucas Humpal retired the first 17 men he faced in game two of the Frederick Keys (28-33) doubleheader sweep of the Lynchburg Hillcats (27-34) on Tuesday night. With two outs in the sixth, Alexis Pantoja hit a ball up the middle that hit off the second base bag and bounced in center field to break up the perfect game bid.
In the 8-1 game two win, the Keys scored in the first inning thanks to a Colby Rasmus RBI single. Rasmus, with the Keys on a Major League rehab assignment, would finish 1-for-2 on the evening with an RBI.
The Keys added three more runs in the third. Preston Palmeiro walked and Wilson Garcia was hit by a pitch. Following a Jomar Reyes single, Collin Woody hit a sacrifice fly to score Palmeiro. Later in the inning, Alejandro Juvier drove in two with a single to center field that made it 4-0.
Frederick doubled up on their score in the sixth. Ryan McKenna doubled and scored on a Garcia single. Reyes followed with a single, and Woody walked to load the bases. Garcia then scored on a wild pitch, and T.J. Nichting drove in the final two runs for the Keys with a double.
In the ninth, the Hillcats got their lone run after Dillon Persinger singled and later scored on an error.
The only baserunner that Humpal (2-6) allowed was the single to Pantoja. He struck out six over six frames, as he fired his first quality start of the year. Micah Miniard (1-2) suffered the loss. He allowed four runs on five hits over three innings. He walked four and struck out four.
McKenna gave the Keys an early lead in game one, in which the Keys won 2-1. The league's batting leader launched a home run to lead off the Keys half of the first. The score would remain 1-0 until the third when the Keys would add their second run. McKenna singled and advanced to third on a Palmeiro single. He would then score on a Garcia sacrifice fly.
The Hillcats scored their run in the sixth inning. Angel Lopez led off with a double and moved to third on a Mitch Longo single. Lopez then scored on a Persinger sacrifice fly, but that ended the scoring for both sides.
In his fifth Carolina League start, Michael Baumann (4-0) earned his fourth win. He allowed one run on three hits over 5.2 innings while walking two and striking out two. Despite tossing a complete game (six innings), Tanner Tully took the loss for Lynchburg. The left-hander allowed two runs on six hits while walking two and striking out seven. Tyler Erwin earned his fifth save by firing 1.1 scoreless innings.
The Keys and Hillcats play a second doubleheader on Wednesday night to conclude their five game series. Game one will feature left-hander Zac Lowther (1-0, 0.90) for the Keys against Hillcats right-hander Eli Morgan (2-1, 3.22). In game two, the Keys have not announced their starter while Lynchburg will send right-hander Felix Tati (2-1, 4.05) to the mound. 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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