An early afternoon hit fest went to Frederick as the Keys out slugged Kinston 12-6 Wednesday afternoon in Maryland. Kinston took an early lead with a three-run home run by Jared Goedert in the top of the first inning. Frederick came right back, with a three run home run by Brandon Tripp in the bottom of the first. The Indians took the lead back with back to back RBI singles by Jerad Head and Beau Mills in the top of the second. The 5-3 lead again disappeared with a two-run home run by Frederick’s Chris Amador in the bottom of the second. Kinston took their final lead of the game when Adam Davis walked with the bases loaded in the third. Frederick went on to score three runs in the bottom of the third and never let go of the lead again. Both teams mashed out 11 hits, but Kinston stranded 15 runners on base. Jared Goedert went 4-for-5, going his second consecutive game with a home run. Beau Mills and Carlos Rivero each had two hits for Kinston.
Both starters were roughed up early. Paolo Espino (0-2) took the loss for Kinston, giving up eight runs in three innings. Frederick’s Brandon Erbe, walked four and gave up five runs in his two innings of work. The Keys bullpen then took control allowing only one run over the next seven innings.
The K-Tribe’s four game win streak is snapped, but they did take two of three from Frederick for their third consecutive series win. Kinston went 6-3 on the nine game roadtrip. The K-Tribe returns home for an eight game homestand starting Thursday night at 7pm. Steven Wright (0-2, 3.08) will take the mound for Kinston against Carolina League leading Potomac.