On Sunday afternoon in Kinston, North Carolina, the Keys concluded their seven-game road trip in much the same way it started.
They were shut out 5-0 by the best team in the Carolina League this season, the Down East Wood Ducks, marking the second consecutive game and third time during this trip the Keys failed to score any runs.
The lack of scoring is the biggest reason why they have lost a season-high seven in a row. They were also shut out 2-0 by Carolina on June 2 and 4-0 by Down East on Saturday night.
The offense has shown an occasional pulse. The team is hitting and putting runners in scoring position. The Keys just aren’t driving them in once they are in position to score.
During this seven-game swoon, the Keys are batting .160 (8-for-50) with runners in scoring position and have left 55 on base. Despite generating 52 hits during the losing steak, they have 10 runs to show for it. In six of the seven games, they scored three or fewer runs.
The seven-game losing streak was the team’s longest since losing nine in a row from June 28 through July 6 last season.
Not home for long
On Monday, the Keys will open a three-game series with the Carolina Mudcats at Nymeo Field, marking a rare home game in the month of June.
The Keys will play just seven home games in June compared to 18 on the road.
Following their three-game series against Carolina, they will begin their longest road trip of the season, an 11-game swing through Salem, Virginia, Wilmington, Delaware, and Lynchburg, Virginia that will be interrupted for three days next week by the Carolina League All-Star break.
The Keys will host the league’s All-Star game on June 18 at Nymeo Field.
Odds and ends
Kirvin Moesquit went 0-for-4 Thursday and saw his 10-game hitting streak with the Keys come to an end. The outfielder had been away from the team since May 11 before returning last Tuesday. His hitting streak began April 29. ... Infielder Yeltsin Gudino is batting .375 (12-for-32) over his last 11 games... Friday’s 3-2 loss to Down East in 10 innings knocked the Keys out of contention for the Northern Division title in the first half of the season and the Carolina League playoff berth that comes with it.