Keys starter Trent Howard had a rare tough outing and the Keys could not battle back as they were officially eliminated from postseason contention in an 11-0 loss in Lynchburg Tuesday night.
The Hillcats used two big innings to grab the game by the horns early. Lynchburg plated four runs in each the first and third innings to lead big.
In the first with two outs and nobody aboard, 3B Kyle Kubitza, RF David Rohm and DH Josh Elander singled in succession to make it 1-0. After a hit batsmen loaded the bases, SS Elmer Reyes doubled home three runs to push the early Hillcats lead to 4-0.
A similar quartet would blow the game open in the third inning. Kubitza doubled and Rohm singled to open the inning. The both scored on an Elander double to right-center field. 1B Trent Moses then homered to center and it was 8-0 Lynchburg.
The Keys did get two hits from LF Travis Adair who now has a hit in 18 consecutive games. RHP Miguel Chalas worked three scoreless innings to preserve the pen. Lynchburg's Elander finished the night 5-for-5 with a home run, 5 RBI's and four runs scored.
Frederick was last in postseason play in 2011 when they claimed the Mills Cup in four games over Kinston.
Onto Salem goes Frederick for four games in three days. It starts with a doubleheader Wednesday, August 28th with first pitch at 5:30 p.m. LHP Tim Berry gets the game one start with coverage beginning 15-minutes prior on 1450-AM The Source and wthu.org.
Saturday, August 31st the Keys will return for their final home series of the regular season taking on the Potomac Nationals Labor Day weekend.
The Keys will honor Washington Redskins great Joe Jacoby as the first 600 fans through the gate will receive a free Hogs Nose and fireworks will follow the game. Get your tickets at 301-815-9939 or online at frederickkeys.com.
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