Indians get back at Keys with 11-5 rout

April 08, 1995|By Jim Henneman | Jim Henneman,Sun Staff Writer

FREDERICK -- The Kinston Indians got a quick measure of revenge against the Frederick Keys last night.

Gerad Cawhorn's grand slam highlighted a six-run second inning as the Indians trounced the Keys, 11-5, before 3,178 at Harry Grove Stadium. The Keys had registered a 9-3 win in the Single-A Carolina League opener for both teams the night before.

After spotting the home team an early four-run lead, the Indians erupted for all of their runs and 16 of their 20 hits in a stretch of three innings. Right-hander Matt Marenghi absorbed most of the damage for the Keys, allowing 10 hits and eight runs in 2 1/3 innings and was charged with the loss.

"It got ugly in a hurry," said Keys manager Mike O'Berry. "We got behind early and had to play catch-up."

After a rocky start, Kris Hanson settled down to claim the win, despite giving up eight hits and five runs. Roland De La Maza and Dan Graves shut down the Keys for the final four innings to preserve the win.

The Keys appeared en route to a second straight rout of the Indians when they scored four times in the first inning. Run-scoring doubles by Tommy Davis and Matt Riemer sparked the early outburst.

However, Kinston had its first lead of the year before Marenghi retired a batter in the second inning. Richie Sexson, James Betzsold and Bruce Aven hit successive singles to load the bases, and Cawhorn promptly unloaded them with his opposite-field home run.

A pair of doubles and two more singles made it 6-4 before Marenghi could get out of the inning.

"Matt couldn't get the ball down during that inning," said O'Berry. "He was way off with his location and every mistake he made, they hit. It doesn't always happen that way, but this was just one of those nights when nothing went right."

The sudden offensive show seemed to spark Hanson, who allowed only one more run before departing at the start of the sixth. Meanwhile the Indians knocked out Marenghi in the third, when they scored three more times to break the game open.

An inning later, reliever Joey Dawley gave up four straight hits and the visitors added two more runs for an 11-2 lead.

A walk to Trovin Valdez and a two-out double by Brandon Bridgers gave the Keys another run in the fourth, but that was all of the offense for the night. Dalton Maines, Robert Mayse and Hut Smith restored a semblance of order by combining for five scoreless inning, but the damage had already been done.

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