Ahead in the count with two men on base in the seventh inning tonight, Frederick Keys second baseman Joey Hammond said he was looking for nothing less than a fastball down the middle.
The 21-year-old didn't miss his pitch, sending a two-run double to the gap in right-center to lead the Keys to a 6-3 win over the Lynchburg Hillcats in a Class A Carolina League game.
"He threw two pretty bad pitches, so I was just looking for one pitch down the middle to hit," said Hammond, who went 3 for 4. "That's what I got, and I put a pretty good swing on it."
Holding a one-run lead, Frederick sealed the win an inning later on Roberto Rivera's two-run homer, his 12th of the season.
The win earned a series split for the Keys (21-23), who moved three games behind first-place Wilmington in the Northern Division.
The Hillcats (22-22) took an early lead, tagging Keys starter Chad Paronto for three runs on seven hits over the first three innings and scoring on Derrick Lankford's double, Freddy May's single and Lee Evans's sacrifice fly. Lankford went 3 for 5 with three doubles, driving in one run and scoring another. The left fielder hit three home runs the previous two games against the Keys.
BAYSOX 6, METS 3: Bowie scored three runs in the top of the 12th inning to win the Class AA Eastern League game in Binghamton, N.Y. Wady Almonte and Brian Rust paced the Baysox (60-54) with two RBI each.