LYNCHBURG, VA- Lynchburg starter Kirk McCarty tossed seven strong innings to lead the Hillcats to a 5-3 win over the Frederick Keys on Saturday night at City Stadium. With the setback the Keys are now 10 games behind the first-place Hillcats with 15 games left to play.
McCarty (1-0) tossed seven innings of one-run, four-hit baseball to pick up his first Carolina League win. The left-hander's lone blemish came in his final inning when Wilson Garcia hit a home run to left.
Lynchburg (62-59, 33-21) got on the board in the third against Mike Baumann. Anthony Miller doubled to open the frame, advanced to third on a bunt and scored on an RBI single by Mitch Longo.
In the fifth, the home team stretched its lead to three on home runs by Miller and Nolan Jones. Baumann (7-4) suffered the loss, allowing three runs on six hits in five innings.
After Frederick (58-65, 23-31) chipped away in the bottom of the seventh, the Hillcats answered with a pair off Alex Katz . Jose Medina doubled to open the inning, while a walk and a long fly out put men at second and third. Katz got Longo to line out for the second out, but a walk loaded up the bases for Gavin Collins. Going to a 2-0 count, the Hillcats catcher singled in two more to make it 5-1.
Cole Billingsley doubled in the eighth and scored on a pair of wild pitches, Preston Palmeiro then hit a solo homer in the ninth, while the Keys put the tying run on base against Dalbert Siri. However the Hillcats closer got a fielder's choice and a strikeout to end the game. It was Siri's 12th save of the year.
The series between the Keys and Hillcats concludes on Sunday at 5:00 p.m. Right-hander Matthias Dietz (0-6, 9.00) starts for Frederick and will be opposed by right-hander Zach Plesac (8-4, 4.05). The broadcast can be heard on frederickkeys.com and the TuneIn App starting at 4:45 p.m.
The Keys return to Nymeo Field from Friday, August 24-Sunday, August 26 when the Carolina Mudcats come to town. Homestand highlights include Alzheimer's Awareness Night, Scout Night presented by Wegman's, Game of Thrones Night and Prince and Princess Day to go with two fireworks shows. For tickets, fans can call the Keys at 301-815-9939 or visit frederickkeys.com.
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