Frederick Keys infielder Joey Hammond was playing second base today after recent stints at shortstop, third base and designated hitter but it was his role at the plate that was the difference.
Hammond, who had three home runs in the first 136 games of his professional career, hit two today to lead the Keys to a 10-5 victory over the Winston-Salem Warthogs in a Class A Carolina League game before 3,308 at Harry Grove Stadium.
Hammond's first home run came on the first pitch of the bottom of the first inning off Kia Freeman and tied the score at 1. In the third inning, Hammond hit a three-run homer off Freeman to give the Keys a 7-1 lead.
That was enough offense for Matt Achilles (5-5), who won the game after giving up five runs and striking out eight in 6 2/3 innings.
Hammond, a Frederick native, said he rarely knows which position he will play because Manager Andy Etchebarren is trying to rest infielders and trying to make Hammond a more versatile player.
"I am most comfortable at second base, and it felt good to play there for the second straight day," Hammond said. "I will play anywhere, but second is my favorite. And I have never hit two home runs in a game before at any level. I always thought about it but have never done it until today."
Frederick (25-25) scored all of its runs in the first three innings. It scored six times in the third inning to take a 10-1 lead. The runs included Hammond's home run, a solo home run by Eddie Garabito and a two-run single by Papy Ndungidi.
BAYSOX 4, NAVIGATORS 3: Luis Matos's two-run homer highlighted a three-run second inning as Bowie defeated host Norwich in the Class AA Eastern League.
Darrell Dent drove in the inning's other run with a sacrifice fly. Wady Almonte drove in the first run for Bowie (64-56) with an RBI double in the first inning.
Norwich (61-59) scored two runs in the third inning on a sacrifice fly by Vick Brown and a single by Nick Johnson, then pulled to within a run on Derek Shumpert's homer in the fourth inning.
The Navigators were shut out over the last five innings.
Bowie starter Matt Riley (10-3) got nine strikeouts while allowing five hits, two walks and three earned runs over seven innings for his third straight win. Ryan Kohlmeier pitched a scoreless ninth for his 21st save. Mark Johnson (5-3) took the loss.
AVALANCHE 7, CANNONS 4: Potomac had its six-game Carolina League winning streak snapped in Salem, Va. Mark Hamlin's two-run homer in the sixth inning gave the Avalanche (24-25) the lead for good, and Travis Thompson pitched a scoreless ninth inning for his league-leading 23rd save. The Cannons fell to 22-25.