The Frederick Keys return to Harry Grove Stadium after an eight game road trip, five games against the Winston-Salem Dash and three games against the Wilmington Blue Rocks. The Keys took five of the eight games improving to 30-25 on the season.
The Lynchberg Hillcats are in Frederick for a four game series starting tonight at seven o’clock. Currently 29-25, the Hillcats are also riding a three game losing streak coming into tonight’s matchup.
Zach Petersime is on the hill tonight for the Keys. In his last outing on May 29th, Petersime threw five innings, gave up six hits and three runs and got the win against Winston-Salem.
Ryan Minor’s lineup for tonight’s game
Be sure to keep your eyes open for Jerome Pena leading off in tonight’s matchup. Last night against the Blue Rocks, Pena hit a grand slam, his sixth home run of the season , to put the Keys up 5-0 in the top of the fifth inning. The Keys eventually won 5-3.
DOWN THE STRETCH THEY COME: Entering tonight’s action in the Carolina League, only 1.5 games separate first and third place in the North. Potomac, winners of five straight, have taken control of first place at 31-24. The Keys sit a game behind them and Lynchburg, at 29-25, is a half-game behind the Keys. The Hillcats have lost three in a row entering Monday’s game. Twelve of the Keys’ remaining 15 games in the first half are against Potomac and Lynchburg.
HAMPERING HEFFLINGER: Hillcats outfielder Robbie Hefflinger has had his way with most Carolina League pitching, but not so much when he faces the Keys. The Carolina League home run leader is batting just .190 (4-21) with a homer and two RBIs in five games against Frederick this season. He’s batting .313 with 15 homers and 37 RBIs against the rest of the league.
SAME MONTH, DIFFERENT RESULTS: Lynchburg starter Navery Moore must have enjoyed May, going 5-1 with a 3.44 ERA in six starts after going 1-3 in April with a 7.71 ERA in five starts. For Keys starter Zach Petersime, May wasn’t so kind. Petersime went 1-3 with a 7.33 ERA.
NAVERY VS. THE ROAD: Navery Moore started his third game of the season at Harry Grove Stadium on April 16, allowing five runs, seven hits and three walks in 4.2 innings. Moore seems to prefer pitching in Lynchburg, given that in six road starts, he is 2-3 with an 8.04 ERA.
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