Baysox blast out of blocks Score four in first, open with 5-2 win

April 10, 1993|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,Staff Writer

LONDON, Ontario -- It was cold, dank and drizzly at Labatt Park, but the Bowie Baysox quickly turned on the heat yesterday afternoon.

In their franchise debut, the Baysox rocked right-hander Ben Blomdahl for four first-inning runs and went on to a 5-2 Eastern League victory over the London Tigers before 3,316 chilled fans.

Bowie first baseman Brent Miller climaxed the uprising with a three-run homer off the scoreboard in right-center field to support starter Jason Satre.

Satre pitched a solid game for five innings to gain the victory, then turned over the holding duties to Jim Dedrick and Rafael Chaves, who set the Single-A California League record with 34 saves at High Desert last season.

Miller said he hit the first of his four 1992 homers at London "between the scoreboard and the fence, close to where this one went."

He amassed 19 homers two seasons ago in Single-A (Kane County and Frederick), but, in keeping with the fate of the entire team, his power was swallowed by cavernous Municipal Stadium in Hagerstown last year.

"That is a pretty big park," he said of Hagerstown. "This one is kind of average. It was an important one to get off to a good start."

The big inning began when Brad Tyler lined an opposite-field single to left-center and Jim Wawruck followed with an opposite-field roller through the hole to left.

Jeffrey Hammonds popped out before Stanton Cameron lined a shot off the left-field wall to load the bases. Tyler was forced to hold in case the ball was caught.

T. R. Lewis knocked in the first run with a sacrifice fly before Miller blasted his 395-foot shot to doom Blomdahl, who settled down to shut out Bowie for the next five innings.

Manager Don Buford pulled Satre because of the weather and because "he was close to 90 pitches. That's enough in these conditions and this early. We're not going more than 100 with any of our starters yet."

The game was delayed 15 minutes in the bottom of the sixth inning by a shower that made the field slick.

Despite the conditions, Buford was pleased with his defense. "We only had one miscue, an overthrow of first by Tyler. But he had a tough throw from deep in the hole."

The play, on a ball hit by Brian Cornelius in the fifth, was scored a hit.

Buford said "our first two batters getting hits put a lot of pressure on the other club, especially the pitcher."

Bowie collected 10 hits with Miller adding two singles to his homer and Wawruck, Hammonds and Cameron each singling twice.

NOTES: The Baysox had the game scheduled at night on their calendar, but pitching coach John O'Donoghue noticed an afternoon starting time in the London Free Press yesterday. Today's game also starts at 1:35 p.m., not 7:05 as listed on the Baysox schedule. . . . Jose Mercedes, a highly touted right-hander from the Dominican Republic, starts for the Baysox today. . . . The radio broadcast on WERQ (1010 AM) will be tape delayed at 7:05 p.m. Johns Hopkins lacrosse is on the station this afternoon.

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