Streaking Keys continue road trip at Winston-Salem
If you haven’t been paying close attention, the Keys seem to have hit their stride again.
Back atop the Carolina League Northern Division standings at 18-13, Frederick has won four in a row, six of its last seven and eight of its last 11 games. The Keys take the field again at 7 p.m. tonight in Winston-Salem. Listen on AM1450 The Source or wthu.org. The Frederick Gorilla Pregame Show starts 30 minutes prior to first pitch.
As for last night’s 10-3 victory at Winston-Salem:
*LISTEN: The highlight of the game – Glynn Davis’ bases-loaded triple
*As for tonight, some notes:
CLOSE CONTESTS: Winston-Salem swept the Keys in their second series of the season, but won the three games by a combined five runs. Winners of eight of their last 11, the Keys hope to continue their perfect record (4-0) on this road trip and take the series from the Dash tonight.
HE’S HEATING UP: Keys catcher Zane Chavez and second baseman Jerome Pena have been swinging hot bats as of late. Chavez is batting .412 with 9 RBIs in his last nine games, hitting in the middle of Frederick’s order. He’s also walked nine times in the last five games, putting him in a tie for the Carolina League lead with 20 free passes on the season. And after a dreadful start to the season, Pena is batting .368 with two home runs and five RBIs in the last five games, raising his average to .214.
NO RUNS FOR YOU: The Keys have lowered their team ERA nearly six points in the last week, bringing it to 3.54, which is second-best in the Carolina League. Frederick was in last place in pitching and had the only ERA over 4.00 before their recent stretch.
*In light of Chavez’s hot streak and strong start to the season, you might be interested in reading this story about him and teammate Marcel Prado (12 games, 1.72 ERA, three saves) getting a shot with the Keys after spending last season with independent El Paso.