Defensive lapses keep Keys struggling, 13-6

April 23, 1995|By Jim Henneman | Jim Henneman,Sun Staff Writer

FREDERICK -- The Frederick Keys remained in the defensive doldrums last night when the Durham Bulls registered a 13-6 win before 3,356 at Grove Stadium.

For the second straight game, the Keys made four errors -- all of them coming in the last three innings, when the visitors scored 11 runs, six of them unearned. The loss was the third straight and the seventh in the past 11 games for the Keys (5-11), who are last in the Carolina League's Northern Division.

Ineffective relief pitching was a major contributor to the sloppiness, and Frederick starter Rocky Coppinger was left with his second no-decision rather than a second win. The stocky, strong-armed right-hander mesmerized the Bulls in the first two innings, striking out the first six batters he faced. After giving up a pair of runs in the third, Coppinger added three scoreless innings and left with a 4-2 lead after striking out 11 and not walking a batter in six innings.

But left-hander Tim Daigle (0-2) lasted only five batters, which was long enough for the Bulls to take the lead.

The first of two errors by Tommy Davis accounted for the final run in the Bulls' four-run seventh inning. The third baseman's second miscue started the eighth, when right fielder Trovin Valdez and second baseman Jesse Garcia also kicked in with errors as the Bulls scored seven more times, turning the game into a rout.

It was the second time in four starts that Coppinger (1-1) left with a lead late in the game only to come away without a win. In 21 innings he has allowed only six earned runs (a 2.57 ERA) and 16 hits, striking out 28.

Andre King and Scott Pagano, the first two hitters in the lineup, were the chief tormentors for the Bulls, reaching base seven times. King had a pair of doubles, an infield single and a walk, scoring three runs and driving in two. Pagano drove in five runs with a two-run single, two-run double and bases-loaded walk.

Left-hander Ken Raines (1-0), the first of three relievers who followed Bulls' starter John Leroy, was the winning pitcher.

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