Alfonzo boosts Baysox with 2nd HR in 2 days Hammonds also homers in 2-0 win

April 20, 1993|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,Staff Writer

He has played four times for Quad City in Davenport, Iowa, and six times in Palm Springs, Calif., all in Single-A baseball.

His baseball itinerary has included 16 stops, with one short-lived stay at Triple-A in 1990.

At 25, Edgar Jose Alfonzo finally left the California Angels' organization and signed with the Orioles as a minor-league free agent last December.

Now the Bowie Baysox are reaping the rewards.

After winning Sunday's game with a 12th-inning home run, Alfonzo struck again last night, homering off Pete Walker in the seventh inning to break up a scoreless pitching duel and lead the Baysox to a 2-0 victory over the Binghamton Mets.

It was the third consecutive victory for Bowie (7-3) and its first of the season in four night games. The Baysox are 6-0 in daylight.

Walker and the Baysox's Jason Satre hooked up for the second time in five days and matched zeros for six innings, with both escaping numerous jams.

The Baysox hit three home runs in the first meeting at Binghamton while winning, 6-4, and the long ball did the job again.

Jeffrey Hammonds followed Alfonzo's shot in the eighth with a leadoff blast over the left-center field wall off reliever Bryan Rogers to account for the other run.

Alfonzo said he needed a fresh start after stagnating in the Angels' system.

"Every year, I had a good season, but nothing happened," he said. "I never got a chance for a full year in Double-A or Triple-A. I thought I'd get it with the Orioles."

Alfonzo started at third base in place of Sam Ferretti last night because "he is swinging the bat decently," said to manager Don Buford. "This was to get him a couple of at-bats."

When the Orioles originally signed Alfonzo, they thought he might play shortstop, a position he has handled. But Tim Holland emerged in the spring and Alfonzo has wound up as a utility man.

"I wasn't trying to hit a home run, but I'll take it," said Alfonzo, who is in his eighth pro season. "It was a breaking ball hanging right there for me."

Satre had his third consecutive good start, working out of trouble in the second, third, fourth and seventh innings before yielding to relievers Chuck Ricci and Tommy Taylor.

The Baysox had threats going often against Walker, but stranded men in scoring position four times and twice failed to get men home from third with less than two out.

But the sluggers came to the rescue again, giving the team 12 home runs in 10 games and preserving Hammonds' record of having reached in every game.

Hammonds, meanwhile, was the first recipient of the Eastern League Player of the Week Award.

He batted .389 from April 11-18 with a home run, double, three runs and three RBI despite battling the flu.

Last night, Buford altered his original lineup because Hammonds still was feeling ill. He moved him from center field to designated hitter.

NOTES: Ferretti played the last four innings in left field Sunday when Buford ran out of position players in a 6-5, 12-inning victory over the London Tigers. "I've done it before," said Ferretti. "I was out there a couple times in Hagerstown last year." . . . Buford showed he will try just about anything. He had his cleanup hitter, Stanton Cameron, bunt in the ninth inning Sunday. "I gave him one chance to swing and he missed it badly," said Buford. . . . The Baysox are home for four night games against Binghamton through Thursday, go on the road for three at Harrisburg, then return for a 10-game homestand. . . . The Baysox's bullpen pitched 13 straight scoreless innings against London. Entering last night, the relief corps had a 1.67 ERA in 32 1/3 innings.

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