Keys draw no break on return

April 22, 1995|By Kent Baker

FREDERICK -- The Frederick Keys returned home from a weeklong road trip last night, but Grove Stadium wasn't enough to change their luck.

In his first start for the Keys, right-hander Todd Dyess allowed four runs and seven hits in five innings and that was enough to propel the Durham Bulls to a 5-2 Carolina League victory.

Dyess, who started the season at extended spring training, went four scoreless relief innings in Durham last week.

"Todd's ball moves everywhere. He just has to get it in the [strike] zone," said Keys manager Mike O'Berry. "Tonight we struggled to even catch him."

The Keys' defense didn't do him any favors as 3,307 watched on a perfect night. Two of the four Frederick errors contributed to his downfall, helping the Bulls win for the third time in four games.

Frederick (5-10) was tied at 1 after three innings, thanks to a

run-scoring bloop double by Todd Brown off Durham starter and winner Mo Christmas.

But Durham took the lead for good with two runs in its half of the fourth. Randall Simon led off with a single and moved to second on an error by Trovin Valdez. Sean Smith singled home Simon, went to second on an infield single by Kevin Webb and to third on a deep fly out by Danny Magee.

The Bulls then executed a double steal from first and third, Smith scoring and Webb reaching second when catcher Jimmy Foster's throw was off target.

An infield single by Matt Riemer, an error, Jesse Garcia's single lTC and Valdez' sacrifice fly brought Frederick to within 4-2 after five.

But the Keys -- last in the league in hitting -- couldn't manage much more offense against Christmas and a cadre of Bulls relievers.

Their best chance to close a 5-2 gap came in the seventh when Chris Kirgan doubled into the right-field corner with one out.

David Wells replaced Christmas at that point and allowed two well- hit line drives to left field. But Gator McBride ran down and caught both of them nicely to squelch the threat.

Frederick also had a chance in the eighth when Valdez led off with a single and Brown walked before David Lamb hit into a double play and Tommy Davis grounded out.

"We had what we wanted, particularly in the eighth," said O'Berry. "But we couldn't get the hit we needed. It's going to be tough winning a whole lot of games scoring two runs."

NOTES: Outfielder Clayton Byrne will join the Keys tonight for the second game of the series after being sent back from Bowie.

Kimera Bartee, batting .156 at Rochester with 13 strikeouts, will replace Byrne as the Baysox's leadoff man. Brandon Bridgers (shin splints) has been placed on the Frederick disabled list.

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