Lewis' hit leads Baysox to 4-3 win, sweep of Mets

April 23, 1993|By Gary Lambrecht | Gary Lambrecht,Staff Writer

The season has been a struggle so far for Bowie Baysox first baseman T. R. Lewis. Last night, Lewis looked like a hitter on the road to recovery.

Lewis had his first three-hit game of the season and produced the night's biggest hit in the bottom of the seventh inning. His single off Binghamton relief pitcher Andy Reich drove in Jeffrey Hammonds with the winning run, as the Baysox completed a three-game sweep of the Mets with a 4-3 victory before an announced crowd of 574 at Memorial Stadium.

The victory, Bowie's fifth straight, pulled the Baysox into a virtual second-place tie with the Harrisburg Senators in the Double-A Eastern League.

Lewis' hit, which capped a two-run rally, also erased a night of frustration for the Baysox's hitters. The Baysox collected 14 hits off of three pitchers, but before Lewis drove in Hammonds with the winning run, Bowie had stranded seven runners, including five in scoring position.

"The way I've been struggling, I really wanted to pick up the team," said Lewis, who entered the game with a .179 average. "You can't go up to the plate thinking you've got to win the game. You've got to relax and be confident. Fortunately, I got a good pitch to hit."

The Baysox had spent the night hitting Binghamton starter Todd Douma hard, but with little production to show for it. Through six innings, they had managed 10 hits, but still entered the bottom of the seventh trailing 3-2.

Brad Tyler started the inning with a double. After Jim Wawruck sacrificed Tyler to third, Reich relieved Douma. Hammonds (2-for-3) greeted him with an RBI single up the middle to tie the score at 3. Stanton Cameron then walked, and Lewis, who had doubled and singled in three previous at-bats, lined an inside fastball into right field to score Hammonds with the go-ahead run.

Rafael Chavez pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his fourth save and preserve the victory for reliever Chuck Ricci (3-0).

Every pitcher was upstaged, however, by Bowie starter Fernando Valenzuela. After rejoining the Orioles earlier, Valenzuela came to Memorial Stadium and threw 70 pitches in six innings, giving up one run and four hits and striking out four.

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