LYNCHBURG, Va. —The Lynchburg Hillcats scored in each of their last five trips to bat, while using big games from Eric Haase and Clint Frazier to earn an 8-2 victory over the Frederick Keys on Tuesday night at City Stadium.
With the loss, the Keys are now three games behind the Hillcats for first in the CL North standings.
Lynchburg’s big inning came in the eighth, as Haase penciled his name in the Carolina League record books. Batting with the bases loaded, Haase hit his third triple in as many at-bats to clear the bases and complete the Hillcats scoring. In the process, he tied the league record for most triples in a game, the fourth time it had occurred in league history. Prior to Haase, the last person to accomplish the feat was Chone Figgins with Salem on June 7, 2000.
Frazier also enjoyed a fine game, going 3-for-4 with two home runs and three RBIs. Both were solo shots, and accounted for markers in the fourth and sixth innings. It was his second two-homer game of the season, with both coming against the Keys (he also accomplished the feat on May30 at Nymeo Field).
Frederick scored both of its runs in eighth against Robbie Aviles. A double play ball moved Tad Gold to third, and he scored on an RBI single by Yaisel Mederos. The Cuban would then steal second, before coming home on a base hit by Adrian Marin. Mederos paced the Keys offense going 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. It marked the first time the 26-year-old had posted a three-hit game since signing with the Orioles.
Mitch Horacek (7-14) suffered the loss, giving up four runs on six hits over six innings. The lefty struck out seven and allowed two home runs.