Baysox complete sweep of Tigers, 5-2 Flu-bugged Krivda picks up victory

April 12, 1993|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,Staff Writer

LONDON, Ontario -- He was ill with the flu, his body aching and his mind wondering whether he should go out to the mound.

"I wasn't sure I was going to start," said Rick Krivda, the Orioles' minor-league Pitcher of the Year in 1992. "Once I did, I didn't want to throw too much."

Krivda indeed started and then he did enough yesterday, going five scoreless innings while his Bowie Baysox teammates built a 5-0 lead, then retiring after allowing two runs in the sixth.

The bullpen held the rest of the way and the Baysox completed a three-game sweep of the London Tigers, 5-2, in their opening series of the season.

The Tigers managed two singles, one an infield hit, off Krivda until he weakened in his first official outing since compiling a 17-6 record at Kane County and Frederick last summer.

"He did a very good job under the circumstances," said Bowie manager Don Buford.

Despite some excellent strikeout figures in his two seasons at the Rookie and Single-A levels, Krivda is not an overpowering pitcher who will blow away opposing hitters.

"He has to keep it down in the strike zone, and he's working hard on some adjustments," said pitching coach John O'Donoghue. "A deceptive delivery and a good changeup help him and he's working on a cut fastball."

Krivda began experimenting with the new pitch after Brad Tyler, the leadoff man, launched another early explosion by hitting the game's second pitch from Jose Lima over the left-field fence.

The Baysox scored again in the first on a double error, Stanton Cameron's double and a wild pitch, added a run in the third on Jeffrey Hammonds' first RBI of the season and capped their early onslaught with Cameron's first homer off the left-field foul pole in the fifth.

It was enough, although Krivda allowed four straight hits, including a homer by Dan Bautista on a changeup, to account for all the London runs in the sixth.

Erik Schullstrom and Rafael Chaves (second save) held the Tigers scoreless through the final three innings.

"Pitching with a four- or five-run lead is easy," said Krivda. "I was able to throw the cut fastball a lot to get the confidence I need to use it in a tight game. It all worked out."

Bowie also made some solid defensive plays in his behalf, including a rifle throw by Tim Holland that retired Rudy Pemberton from deep in the shortstop hole to defuse the Tigers' two-run rally.

"It looks like we made the right move putting him at shortstop," Buford said of Holland, a third baseman most of his pro career.

Buford couldn't remember how many times he led off a game with a homer as Tyler did. But it was a shot he could be proud of.

"I told Brad to get up there and swing away if he gets his pitch," said the manager. "He certainly has enough power to get homers. No use settling for less."

NOTES: The Baysox left on a six-hour bus ride bound for Binghamton, N.Y., which was snowed out of its scheduled home game yesterday. Kevin Ryan, left-hander Terry Farrar and Jason Satre, winner of the season opener, are scheduled to pitch in Binghamton for the Baysox.

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