Lynchburg Hillcats rout Frederick Keys, 17-2
Lynchburg recorded 12 extra-base hits and a season-high 17 runs in a 17-2 rout of the Frederick Keys on Tuesday night at Nymeo Field at Harry Grove Stadium. Dace Kime earned his first win for the Hillcats since June 11.
EIGHT IS GREAT
Lynchburg plated eight runs in the top of the second inning to quickly put the Keys behind 8-0. The Hillcats cranked out three straight hits to start the frame. Joe Sever and Dorssys Paulino each singled, and Mike Papi recorded the first of his three doubles in the game to bring home Sever and give the Hillcats a 1-0 lead. Yhoxian Medina grounded out to second base, but it was enough to score Paulino from third to put the Hillcats up 2-0. Ivan Castillo followed with a double that drove in Mike Papi, and LeVon Washington singled to bring home Castillo to extend the lead to four.
Paul Hendrix reached on a throwing error by Tanner Witt to extend the inning, and Clint Frazier took advantage with a two-RBI double that gave the Hillcats a 6-0 lead. To cap off the scoring, Sever roped a two-run home run that scored Frazier to complete the eight-run frame.
FOUR IN THE FOURTH
LeVon Washington doubled with one out in the top of the fourth, and Paul Hendrix reached on a walk that gave the Hillcats runners at first and second. Frazier singled in the next at-bat to drive home Washington to put the Hillcats up 9-1. Two batters later, Dorssys Paulino pounded a three-run home run, his fourth of the year, to give the Hillcats a 12-1 lead in the fourth.
DOUBLES FOR DAYS
In the top of the fifth, Hendrix, Frazier, and Sever hit three straight doubles with RBIs from Frazier and Sever that extended the lead to 14-1. Sever finished a triple shy of the cycle, and Frazier tied a career-high with four RBIs in the contest. The Hillcats as a team recorded 12 extra-base hits, and nine of those went for doubles.
COVERING ALL THE BASES
Eric Haase led off the sixth inning with his ninth home run of the season to put the Hillcats up 15-1. In the top of the seventh,Sever singled, and Paulino reached on a fielder’s choice before Papi came through with a two-RBI double that made the lead 17-1.
EARNING THE WIN
Dace Kime (3-5) picked up his first win since June 11 with a six-inning performance where he allowed just one run on four hits while striking out four. Frederick scored the lone run against Kime in the third inning on a RBI single by Ramon Ramirez. The only other run from the Keys came in the bottom of the eighth on a RBI single by Tanner Witt that scored Ramirez who walked earlier in the frame. The 17-2 win marked the largest margin of defeat for the Keys this season. The previous high was an 11-3 loss to Wilmington on June 29.
KEEPING UP WITH THE CATS
Clint Frazier went 3-for-6 at the plate with two doubles and a career-high four RBI…With the performance, Frazier set his longest hit streak of the season at 12 games tying him for the third longest streak in the Carolina League this season…Joe Sever was a triple shy of the cycle in his return to Lynchburg…Sever hit his seventh home run as a Hillcat in the second inning…Dorssys Paulino hit a three-run home run in the fourth inning…He now has 22 RBIs in 25 games with the Hillcats…With the win, the Hillcats have their longest winning streak of the season, winning six games in a row.
Lynchburg looks to win its seventh straight game and its seventh straight series with a victory against the Frederick Keys on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. Fans can tune in to the action on ESPN Virginia 93.3 FM and 1320 AM as well as www.lynchburg-hillcats.com beginning at 6:40 p.m. for the Hillcats On-Deck Show.
– Source: Lynchburg Hillcats