FREDERICK -- The Frederick Keys faced the nation's No. 1 draft choice from 1996 for the second time last night and fared worse.
In their first meeting with Lynchburg's Kris Benson, the Keys rallied against the opposing bullpen for a victory on the road.
They could do very little with the Hillcats' relievers in the return match at Grove Stadium and dropped a 3-1 decision before 1,127 chilled fans.
The Northern Division leaders had plenty of trouble themselves against Frederick's Todd Dyess, but scored twice without a hit in a sixth inning in which the Keys' staff lost control.
Dyess had struck out nine in the first five innings, but couldn't find the plate to start the sixth, walking Derek Swafford and Abraham Nunez.
Radhames Dykhoff replaced him and walked the first two batters he faced to break a scoreless tie. A second run scored on a forceout by catcher Craig Wilson and that proved enough
offense for Lynchburg (8-3).
"Todd came out and didn't have the same command of his pitches," said Frederick manager David Hilton. "Radhames settled down after the first few hitters, but it was too late.
"You know when you play these guys and especially against this pitcher [Benson], you're going to have a low-scoring game."
Benson went six innings, struck out seven and allowed four hits and a walk. Only one batter reached third against him as his ERA remained at 0.00 through 17 innings.
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Benson, Garrett (7) and Wilson; Dyess, Dykhoff (6) and Foster. A--1,127
Aeros 8, Baysox 7: Bowie (7-3) scored five runs in the last two innings, but fell short to host Akron in the Double-A Eastern League game.
Crawdads 9, Shorebirds 3: Manny Gonzalez had two hits and two RBIs, including one in an eight-run fourth inning, as Hickory beat host Delmarva in a Single-A South Atlantic League game.
Pub Date: 4/16/97