FREDERICK, MD., SEPT. 5 -- The first-game goat stared in from the mound and one of that game's biggest heroes stood at the plate. A moment later Frederick had a victory -- as it had in the opener -- as the Keys beat the Kinston Indians, 1-0, in 11 innings tonight to move within a victory of the Carolina League championship at Grove Stadium.
Kinston reliever Scott Morgan, who lost Game 1 by surrending three runs in the ninth, balked Ricky Gutierrez into scoring position tonight. He then watched as right fielder Fabio Gomez misplayed Tyrone Kingwood's one-out fly ball and Gutierrez raced home for the game's only run, just under catcher Jesse Levis's tag.
Kingwood, who had a two-run homer in the ninth inning Monday, was pleased to play a major part in another late-inning victory. "My job was to get Ricky to third," he said. "When it turned into a win, it made it that much better.
Gutierrez had reached on a walk to open the 11th. With Kingwood attempting to sacrifice, Morgan balked the runner to second.
Keys Manager Wally Moon then allowed Kingwood to hit away, preferably to the opposite field. Kingwood complied.
"His number one objective was to get the runner to third," said Moon. "He's one of my best hitters. He can hit to the opposite side and I wanted to get him a chance to knock in the run."
The starting pitchers started strongly and continued strong. Frederick's Pat Leinen struck out the side to open the game. Rouglas Odor and Jim Thome opened the game by watching called third strikes. Leinen then retired Tim Costo on a check-swing third strike.
Though the Keys had little success against Todd Gonzales, they almost knocked him out of the game, literally, in the second inning. Tim Holland opened the inning with a hard liner that appeared to knock the wind out of Gonzales as he collapsed to the ground. But after a slight delay, he recovered to stifle the Keys the rest of his outing.
Leinen breezed through the early going, retiring the first 10 batters before Thome and Costo managed consecutive, one-out singles in the fourth. However, clean-up hitter Tom Eiterman grounded into a double play.
Despite his second-inning difficulty, Gonzales was as effective as his Frederick counterpart. He yielded only two singles and three walks through 7 2/3 innings and didn't allow a base runner into scoring position. Furthermore, beginning in the fourth inning, he retired 13 batters in a row until the eighth.
Leinen faltered slightly, allowing five hits and a walk from the fourth through seventh innings, but the Indians left three runners in scoring position. Leinen was relieved by Todd Stephan, who pitched the last two innings for the victory.
The Keys mounted their only serious rally against Gonzales in the eighth. Consecutive two-out singles by Tony Beasley and Ricky Gutierrez signalled the lefthander's exit in the eighth. With Gutierrez on third, Scott Morgan came on to retire Tyrone Kingwood.