Stewart's control slips, Indians walk by Keys, 7-5

April 09, 1995|By Jim Henneman | Jim Henneman,Sun Staff Writer

FREDERICK -- The Frederick Keys' inexperience was evident for the second straight game yesterday. And, again, the Kinston Indians capitalized.

Taking advantage of left-hander Rachaad Stewart's control problems, the Indians scored three times in the fourth inning and went on to beat the Keys, 7-5, before 4,352 at Harry Grove Stadium.

The loss was the second straight for the Keys, who registered an impressive 9-3 win over Kinston in the season opener Thursday night.

"It was the same as [Friday] night," said Keys manager Mike O'Berry. "Every time we made a mistake it cost us."

A throwing error by second baseman Jess Garcia led to an unearned run in the second inning and a balk by Carlos Chaves gave the Indians another in the seventh. But it was every manager's nightmare -- the base on balls -- that doomed the Keys.

Four of Kinston's runs were scored by players who received the free ticket to first base. After allowing only one hit through three innings, Stewart lost contact with home plate in the fourth.

He walked the first two batters and got behind in the count on Kinston first baseman Richie Sexson, who took advantage of the situation and hammered a two-run double down the left-field line. A subsequent single by Cerad Cawhorn, whose grand slam sparked the Indians' 11-5 win Friday night, accounted for another run.

In the 4 1/3 innings he worked, Stewart displayed an impressive curveball and allowed only three hits while striking out five. However, he also walked five, and that was his undoing.

"He didn't have control problems last year [when Stewart was 3-2 with a 1.66 ERA]," said O'Berry, "but he's had some changes made with his mechanics and it's taking him awhile to get adjusted. But he seemed OK at the end of spring training and was fine until he hit that rut [in the fourth inning]."

The Keys outhit the Indians 9-7 but wasted a two-run homer by first baseman Chris Kirgan, a towering blast over the right-center-field fence in the fifth inning. That homer cost Kinston starter Rick Heiseman the win.

When Matt Riemer got the first of his two hits, a two-out single, Heiseman was removed and Wilmer Montoya pitched the next '' 3 1/3 innings to claim the victory.

After Garcia walked and Tommy Davis singled to open the ninth, left-hander Greg Williams got the last three outs to preserve the win and earn a save. Kirgan drove in his third run of the game on a fielder's choice grounder on which Sexson made a diving stop and throw to second for a forceout.

Shortstop David Lamb then hit into a double play to end the game.

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