LYNCHBURG, VA - Following a five-run victory on Thursday night, the Keys jumped out to an early lead on Friday against the Hillcats. Frederick plated a pair of runs in the first inning and capped off the night with a four run sixth inning. Through the first two games of the series in Lynchburg, the Keys have scored 16 runs on 25 hits. Jerome Pena drove in the game's first run and finished the night with three RBI while Christian Walker went 3-for-4 with a home run and two doubles. On the hill, Zach Davies tossed seven innings en route to his fifth win of the season.
For the fourth time the season, the Keys were facing RHP A.J. Holland. Unlike Holland's first three starts against Frederick, Holland struggled. CF Johnny Ruettiger led off the game with a triple down the first base line. Jerome Pena brought home Ruettiger on a sac fly to left. Two batters later, Christian Walker crushed a solo home run to left field.
Lynchburg tied the contest in the bottom of the second inning but the Keys responded in the fourth.
With one out in the top of the fourth inning, Christian Walker doubled to right field. Later in the frame, Jason Esposito singled home Walker to put the Keys back in front by a run. Frederick added another run in the top of the fifth on a Jerome Pena RBI single.
Leading by a pair of runs entering the sixth, the Keys' bats exploded for four more runs. Christian Walker led off the sixth with a double to left-center. Allan de San Miguel followed up with a single. After Jason Esposito popped out to first, RF Brenden Webb walked to load the bases. With one out and the bases loaded, Brandon Cunniff entered out of the Hillcats' bullpen. SS Sammie Starr drove in the first run of the inning with a sacrifice fly to left field. Two batters later, Johnny Ruettiger hit a two-run single to center field. Jerome Pena finished off the four run inning with a RBI single to right field.
In his 16th start of the season, Zach Davies allowed three runs on seven hits while striking out four Hillcats. Davies picked up his fifth win of the season and his first since May 25th. RHP Miguel Chalas closed out the game with a two scoreless frames.
The Keys will look to sweep the Hillcats on Saturday night. RHP Luc Rennie (1-1, 4.26) will make his second start for Frederick while Lynchburg will turn to RHP Greg Ross (4-3, 3.44). First pitch from Calvin Falwell Field is set for 6:05 p.m. with coverage beginning on 1450 AM The Source at 5:30 p.m. with the Frederick Gorilla Pregame Show.
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