The Frederick Keys fell to the Lynchburg Hillcats 3-2 last night at the Grove. Zach Petersime pitched his best outing of the season going six innings, allowing two runs on four hits and striking out four. Jerome Pena’s seventh home run of the year came in the fifth inning that tied the game at two.
However, it was the error that Pena committed in the top of the ninth inning that scored the go-ahead run and ultimately lost the game for the Keys.
Zach Davies will take the mound for the Keys against Jarret Miller for the Hillcats. Davies is 4-2 on the season with a 3.92 ERA. The twenty-year old from Arizona is 2-0 at the Grove this season.
The Keys’ lineup for June 4th
Manager Ryan Minor has decided to stick with the same defensive set up as last night’s matchup. Be sure to keep your eyes open for the designated hitter, Michael Ohlman, hitting third in tonight’s lineup. Ohlman hit 2-3 with two doubles and a walk last night.
BETTER BY GROUND: When Zach Davies gets groundballs, he’s tough to beat. And at home this season, he’s averaging 2.1 groundouts per every air out. He’s also 2-0 with a 2.33 ERA at Harry Grove Stadium. For the season, his GA/AO ratio is 1.66, up from 1.50 last season with Delmarva.
DOWN THE STRETCH THEY COME: Entering tonight’s action in the Carolina League, only two games separate first and third place in the North. Potomac, winners of six straight, have taken control of first place at 32-24. Lynchburg’s win last night snapped a three-game losing streak and moved them to 30-25, 1.5 games behind the P-Nats, and a half-game ahead of Frederick (30-26) in third. The Keys have three games left against Lynchburg, eight against Potomac and three against Myrtle Beach in the first half.
HAMPERING HEFFLINGER: Hillcats outfielder Robby Hefflinger has had his way with most Carolina League pitching, but not so much when he faces the Keys. After going 1-for-3 with a strikeout last night, the Carolina League home run leader is batting just .208 (5-24) with a homer and two RBIs in six games against Frederick this season. He’s batting .313 with 15 homers and 37 RBIs against everyone else.
A SALLY STAR: Keys reliever Matt Price was promoted from Delmarva on Monday and Tuesday was selected as a South Atlantic League All-Star, though he can’t play due to his promotion. With the Shorebirds, Price went 8-for-8 in save opportunities, fanned 21 batters in 20 innings and posted a 2.70 ERA.
*Read last night’s game story on the Frederick Keys Official Website here