After a lousy June that saw the Keys win just 7 of 21 games, they were hoping July would be a far more fruitful month.
But, so far, that has not been the case.
The Keys opened the fourth month of their season with seven consecutive losses and continued a stretch of futility on the road that ranks among the worst in franchise history.
Over their last 24 road games, the Keys have won only three times. They are 13-32 away from Nymeo Field this season. That’s the worst road record in the Carolina League.
Their most recent losing streak has been fueled by errors, as they have committed seven in the last seven games. In three of those games, the Keys made two errors or more.
This most recent losing streak has dropped the Keys into last place in the Northern Division of the Carolina League at 5-13 in the second half and 34-53 overall.
Sunday’s game in Winston-Salem marked the first time in seven July games the Keys had not trailed after the first inning.
They scored three times in the first inning Sunday and led the Dash 3-2 by the time it was over.
The Keys have been outscored 12-6 in the first inning so far in July and 60-32 for the season.
In games that the opposition has scored first, the Keys are 14-38 this season.
The Keys lead all of minor league baseball with 410 walks allowed...Saturday’s 8-3 loss in Carolina marked the second consecutive series the Keys had been swept. Overall, the Keys have been swept in seven series this season with five of the seven coming on the road...Third baseman Jomar Reyes has notched multiple hits in four of his six games so far in July...Second baseman Pat Dorrian, who was recently acquired in a trade between the Orioles and Pittsburgh Pirates, is batting .320 in his first seven games with the Keys. In Game 1 of Friday’s doubleheader in Carolina, Dorrian notched a career-high three hits.