Chavez's heroics keep alive Keys' playoff hopes, 4-3

September 02, 1994|By Kent Baker

FREDERICK -- Eric Chavez's bases-loaded single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning gave the Frederick Keys a 4-3 victory over the Durham Bulls last night and kept them alive in the Single-A Carolina League playoff race.

Frederick's final series this weekend is against first-place Wilmington, which won the first half. The Keys must sweep the Blue Rocks to reach postseason play.

Chavez, the Keys third baseman, drove in all of his team's runs, hitting his 23rd home run with two aboard in the first to stake starter Jim Walker to a 3-0 lead.

But the Bulls fought back to tie with two runs in the fourth and a bases-empty homer by Damon Hollins, his 22nd, in the sixth.

In the ninth, Chavez hit the first pitch from Blaze Sparma (4-9) past the Durham third baseman to win it.

Left-hander Aaron Lane, a recent call-up from Albany (Ga.), pitched three scoreless innings, struck out four and picked a runner off first to win his first game as a Key.

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