Keys Get Behind Early; fall 9-1 to Lynchburg

The Frederick Keys could not get the bats going Thursday night and dropped a 9-1 contest.

The Frederick Keys lost the first game of the series to the Lynchburg Hillcats 9-1 Thursday.

Lynchburg, who lost 10 in a row prior to Thursday's game, jumped out with their first run in the third inning on an RBI single from shortstop Andrelton Simmons that scored leftfielder L.V. Ward.

The Hillcats starting pitcher Zeke Spruill went into the fifth inning with a no hitter but lost it after Dale Mollenhauer singled to centerfield. Mollenhauer advanced to second base on a balk and Steven Bumbry followed with a walk. The Keys failed to score after Brian Ward was called out on strikes.

Lynchburg added to their lead with an Adam Milligan solo home run in the eighth inning to make it 2-0. A two run home run by Shawn McGill added a three spot and a 5-0 lead.

Frederick would break up the shut out as Ward slugged his first home run of the season off Jason Lowey on an inside fastball to cut the deficit to 5-1.

The Hillcats believed that their lead was not enough as they added four runs in the ninth. A two-run home run by first baseman Joseph Terdoslavich capped off the Lynchburg scoring at 9-1.

The Keys threatened in the ninth inning as Mollenhauer led off the inning with a single. Bumbry and Ward followed with walks to load the bases but Rosa struck out to end the game.

Keys starter Ryan O'Shea pitched six innings and gave up nine hits, two earned runs and struck out three batters.

A scary play at right field in the eighth inning as centerfielder Kyle Hudson and right fielder Jacob Julius collided after both dove for a ball that resulted in a triple by second baseman Matt Weaver, but was thrown out at the plate trying for an inside the park home run. Hudson left the game and was replaced by Brian Conley.

“He wanted to come back into the game but I didn't want to take any chances,” said Keys manager Orlando Gomez of Hudson.

Hudson left the game on his own power and is considered day to day after getting checked by trainers.

Mollenhauer, who entered into Thursday with a 2 for 21 slump to start the season, recorded two hits and looked better at the plate. Gomez hopes this is the start of a better trend for him.

”It is nice to see him start hitting and everything, but defensively he is making the plays but we need a lot of guys to start hitting eventually.”

Lynchburg ranked second to last in hits (79) entering Thursday and recorded 16 hits. They have struggled offensively with a batting average of .212, but broke out the bats tonight against the Keys bullpen.

“They proved their frustration on us tonight,” Gomez said. “The way they were hitting the ball and the way they pitched it is hard to believe they are 1-10.”

“It is frustrating whether you lose to a team that is on a 10 game losing streak or a 10 game winning streak,” said Ward, who provided the home run tonight.

The win for Lynchburg improved their record to 2-10 while the Keys dropped to 5-7.

The Keys next game is Friday night as they continue their series with the Hillcats. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 and the gates open at six.

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