Baysox use inside game to beat Mets, 2-1, in 10

April 21, 1993|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,Staff Writer

The Bowie Baysox have been clearing the fences to win games lately. Last night, they found a different way to get around the bases quickly.

Kyle Washington -- playing in center field for ailing Jeffrey Hammonds -- hit an inside-the-park home run leading off the bottom of the 10th inning and lifted the Baysox to their fourth straight victory, 2-1 over the Binghamton Mets.

"The last time I did that I was proably about 12," said Washington.

Washington led off with a ground shot down the third-base line that looked bound for a double. But a lack of knowledge about the Memorial Stadium corners undermined the Mets.

The ball bounced 50 feet away from Binghamton left fielder Ricky Otero, who went up to the wall in an attempt to field it. Washington chugged all the way around, getting the go signal from manager Don Buford at third.

He beat a high relay home, sliding in underneath the throw.

"When I got around second, I saw the ball had gotten away," he said. "Then I hit third kind of funny because the ground is soft there."

Buford, who spent many nights in left field, said "that's the advantage of knowing how to play it off that wall. It kicked around out there and we could try it. I guess I'd have been fired if he had been thrown out."

A skimpy gathering of 945 fans were treated to a tight pitching duel between Terry Farrar and Binghamton's Joe Roa, who has not allowed the Baysox an earned run in two starts and 13 innings.

Bowie scratched out a sixth-inning run on two of three Mets errors and tied the game at 1. That pushed it into overtime.

After consecutive triples by Chris Butterfield and Frank Jacobs with one out in the second, Farrar was almost unhittable.

He walked the next batter in the second inning, then retired 20 consecutive batters before leaving the game after eight innings.

Roa was almost as tough. Despite some balls hit hard against him, Roa had only one real threat against him -- when Gregg Zaun doubled and went to third on a balk with one out.

But in the sixth, Brad Tyler was safe on an error by Jacobs and Jim Wawruck laced a single to left field.

Edgar Alfonzo then hit a shot at second baseman Quilvio Veras, who fielded it after reversing direction and threw to first. But the throw pulled Jacobs off the bag and was ruled an error.

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