Baysox's bats turn cold against hot Senators Bowie loses, 2-1

streak ends at 5

April 24, 1993|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,Staff Writer

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- They were beginning a three-game weekend showdown for no worse than sole possession of second place in the Eastern League, and the importance of the series showed immediately.

With two winning streaks clashing last night at Riverside Stadium, the Bowie Baysox and Harrisburg Senators flashed a bit of everything before 2,309 spectators.

Tough clutch pitching. Stellar defense. An early long ball, the Senators' 16th homer in 11 games.

But the Baysox couldn't overcome their offensive sputterings and dropped the opener, 2-1, when Harrisburg shoved home an unearned 10th-inning run against reliever Jim Dedrick.

The result broke a five-game winning streak for Bowie (9-4) and extended Harrisburg's current skein to five.

Four times the Baysox had the bases loaded, twice with only one out. They managed only one run in those four situations on a second-inning sacrifice fly by Sam Ferretti.

The frustrations proved costly later when Senators reliever Mario Brito shut them down in order for three straight innings, the eighth through the 10th.

In the bottom of the 10th, Harrisburg (9-2) launched the winning rally with a single by Shane Andrews and a sacrifice by Miah Bradley.

Dedrick struck out pinch-hitter Curtis Pride, who was called out on an appeal play, then walked pinch-hitter Ron Krause, a .571 hitter in limited duty.

The next man, leadoff hitter Rondell White, hit a slow grounder toward shortstop Tim Holland. In his haste to throw out the speedy White,Holland threw high to first baseman T. R. Lewis for an error.

Lewis came off the bag and collided with White, the ball rolling into short right field while Andrews raced home with the winning run.

"We had many, many chances and just did not execute with the bases loaded and a man on third with no outs," said Baysox manager Don Buford.

"The home run against [Rick] Krivda was on a high change-up. Otherwise, he was outstanding.

"And you can't fault Dedrick. He got the ground ball he wanted. That's Holland's first wild throw in 13 games. It happens."

Harrisburg's other run came on a leadoff homer by Cliff Floyd, his third, against Krivda.

The defeat was the first for the Baysox in four extra-inning games.

NOTES: Buford said Jose Mercedes will remain in the same spot in the pitching rotation although he went only two-thirds of an inning in back of Fernando Valenzuela Thursday night. . . . Brian Wood's departure to Rochester left Buford with co-closers, Rafael Chaves and Tommy Taylor. . . . Today's radio broadcast on WERQ (1010 AM) will be tape-delayed because of a conflict with the Johns Hopkins lacrosse game.

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