Opening Series In Review
Happy Monday Keys Fans!
For us here at The Grove it’s the final rush to get everything ready for the long haul. The Keys are off today as they prepare for the first home stand of the year. The seven game home-stand with see the Carolina Mudcats and the Lynchburg Hillcats come to town with the Keys opening with the Mudcats in the home opener tomorrow at 7:00 pm.
The Keys (2-2) in their first action of the season split a four game series in Lynchburg. The Keys played well, and lead each game entering the bottom half of the eighth inning. However the losses came on two walk-offs, as the Hillcats were able to escape with two wins after two blown saves from the Keys bullpen. In spitting the series there were a few Keys that shined bright to open the season.
The outfielder was on fire in the opening series hitting in all four games. Davis finished the series batting .471 with two doubles, three RBIs and five runs scored. The speedster accounted for three of the Keys six runs in the season opener on April 3rd. He even stole his first base of the season in the win. On Sunday in the Keys 6-2 win Davis went 4-5 with two doubles, two RBIs and two runs scored to help lead the Keys to their second win of the season. His .471 batting average leads the team.
After the first series, Simpson is batting .278 with four doubles and four RBIs. On Friday, the first baseman went 3-5 with two doubles, two RBIs and two runs scored. Unfortunately it wasn’t good enough to help the Keys win, but it is a strong start to the season for the first baseman. His four doubles is good for the team lead.
The outfielder has already recorded two multi-hit games including opening the season going 2-4 with a double, an RBI and a run scored. Webb on the season is .313 with four runs batted in and two walks. The left handed hitter hit .333 (3-9) with runner on base against Lynchburg. He shares the team lead with four RBIs with Simpson.
Other Notable Performances:
The first home run hit by a Key was done by outfielder Michael Burgess. It was a two-run home run off of Hillcats RHP Zach Jadofsky in the sixth as the Keys scored four that inning en route to their second win of the season. LHP Matt Taylor looked great in his first outing. The lefty threw six scoreless innings in a no decision. He only allowed three base hits and struck out two.
For the Keys, it will be Brendan Kline getting the nod for tomorrows home opener against Carolina. Kline was originally scheduled to start the second game of the home-stand, however Manager Luis Pujols has made the change. In his first outing on Opening Day the righty threw five innings allowing only one run that was earned. Kline struck out four to record his first win of the season. Tomorrows start is not only highly anticipated by the fans, but also for the Frederick native as he will be on the bump for his hometown team with friends and family in the crowd cheering him on.
Tickets are still available for the 7 pm game with gates opening at 5:45 pm. If you can’t make it, you can listen to the game with coverage beginning tomorrow at 6:45 pm with Geoff and Doug on the call on 1450 AM The Source.
Let the home season begin, and Shake Those Keys Fans!