FREDERICK, MD-The Frederick Keys carried a no-hit bid into the ninth inning in a 9-1 victory over the Lynchburg Hillcats on Tuesday night at Nymeo Field. Conner Capel broke things up with a one-out double to left off Elvis Araujo , but the Keys still claimed a season-high fourth straight win. On Wednesday, the orange and black go from a three-game sweep of the Hillcats.
Attempting to no-hit Lynchburg for the second time in four years (and in search of their first combined no-hitter since August of 2008 against Salem) the Keys would send Araujo back out for the ninth inning. Facing the top of the Hillcats order, the left-hander walked Jodd Carter before striking out Luke Wakamatsu. That sent up Capel who saw eight pitches from Araujo before lining the ninth to left for an opposite field RBI double.
Araujo retired the next two batters to end the ballgame. It was the fewest hits Keys pitching had surrendered in a game this year, while it marked the team's first one-hitter since last April 23 against Salem.
Brian Gonzalez pitched the bulk of the game for Frederick, tossing seven shutout innings of no-hit baseball. He walked two and struck out seven. Throwing 101 pitches, Gonzalez (2-2) came one out shy of tying a career-high for innings pitched in the win. He has now turned in three consecutive quality starts.
Offensively, the Keys racked up three multi-run innings in the victory. Randolph Gassaway put the orange and black ahead 2-0 in the third with a two-run homer to left off Felix Tati. It was Gassaway's first longball of the season.
In the sixth, Frederick added three more. A single and an error brought in Cole Billingsley from second, while Chris Clare added a two-run single that brought in two from scoring position.
The Keys closed things out with four more runs in the seventh to go ahead 9-0. A double by Jomar Reyes plated Gassaway from second, while an RBI base knock by Yojhan Quevedo and an error brought completed the scoring.
Tati (0-1) suffered the loss for Lynchburg. In his Carolina League debut, the right-hander allowed two runs on five hits in five innings. He walked one and struck out one.
The Keys complete their three-game series with Lynchburg on Wednesday morning. Right-hander Ofelky Peralta (1-2, 4.30) gets the ball for the Keys and will be opposed by Lynchburg right-hander Micah Miniard (0-1, 4.82). First pitch is slated for 11:00 a.m and the broadcast can be heard on frederickkeys.com and the TuneIn radio app. For tickets, fans can call the club at 301-815-9939 or visit frederickkeys.com.
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