Lynchburg cruises over Keys
The Hillcats led right from the start Wednesday night after scoring one in the top of the first inning. Joey Terdoslavich and Phil Gosselin once again led the offensive attack, combining for five RBI and two runs scored on the night. Chris Masters hardly needed the great support as he allowed just one run in six innings and the Hillcats went on to win 7-1.
Todd Cunningham kick started the Hillcats offense in the top of the first inning with a lead off double. A groundout moved Cunningham to third and a sacrifice fly from Phil Gosselin brought Cunningham home to put the Hillcats up 1-0 in the first.
Joey Terdoslavich extended his current six-game hitting streak in the fourth inning when he blasted his 15th home run of the season out to left field. The two-run shot gave Lynchburg a 3-0 lead.
Meanwhile, Masters was dealing on the mound. He held the Keys scoreless through the first five innings on just two hits. Then in the sixth, Manny Machado singled to left field to lead off the inning. Barrett Kleinknecht upon receiving the throw from the outfield attempted a back pick at first, but threw the ball into the first base dugout. Machado was awarded two bases on the error. One pitch later Machado would score on a sacrifice fly to left. Brian ward doubled later in the inning and the run would end up being earned but no more runs would score.
The Hillcats added two more runs in the eighth. With runners at second and third and nobody out, Gosselin and Terdoslavich hit back-to-back sacrifice flies to score Cunningham and Andrelton Simmons.
In the ninth, L.V. Ware doubled home Christian Bethancourt and Keenan Wiley and the Hillcats took a 7-1 advantage. That would be the final after a scoreless ninth inning of relief from LHP Ryan Buchter.
Masters (7-5) earned the win, allowing just one earned run on four hits through six innings. Nick Haughian (8-5) suffered the loss after seven plus innings, giving up five runs, three earned, on seven hits.
The Hillcats are now 14-24 in the second half, still 11.0 game s back of the Frederick Keys who are now 25-13 since the All-Star break.
With the series tied at 1-1, the rubber match is set for 7:00 pm at Harry Grove Stadium tomorrow night. RHP Gary Moran (0-0) will make his debut start for the HIllcats against RHP Jacob Pettit for the Keys. Listen live to all the action starting with the Hillcats On-Deck Show powered by Honda/Suzuki of Lynchburg on 105.5 KD Country and online at lynchburg-hillcats.com.