Baysox run out of luck, drop 2nd straight to Senators, 5-3

April 25, 1993|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,Staff Writer

HARRISBURG, PENNSYLVANIA — HARRISBURG, Pa. -- This isn't the best of times for the Bowie Baysox.

In contention for the Eastern League lead after running off a five-game winning streak entering the weekend, the Baysox's offense stalled again yesterday and the Harrisburg Senators rode a four-run third inning to a 5-3 victory before 2,592 at RiverSide Stadium.

It was another case of missed opportunities for Bowie (9-5), which hit into three double plays in key situations, had a runner thrown out at the plate and had Jim Wawruck tagged out in a rundown to end the game with Jeff Hammonds, the potential tying run, standing at the plate.

"We've certainly had our chances to score runs," said Baysox manager Don Buford. "But we aren't getting the big hits at the right time."

Not to mention that the opposition has a pretty fair club.

Harrisburg (10-2) had held the Baysox to two runs in 18 innings before a two-run, two-out rally in the ninth that ended with JTC Hammonds (0-for-9 in series) batting.

Wawruck was caught between second and third after a pitch caromed off catcher Miah Bradbury's glove and rolled a few feet away.

"Instead of going one way or the other, he [Wawruck] just froze," said Buford. "With two outs there really wasn't anywhere to go. You don't take the bat out of anyone's hands like that."

So, Hammonds dropped the bat and the Baysox went to the clubhouse with their first afternoon defeat in seven games. They are no longer the Daysox.

The Senators took control after Bowie struck first against Miguel Batista with a run-scoring single by Edgar Alfonzo in the second inning.

The bottom of the third became a disaster for Bowie starter Kevin Ryan, who had sailed through the first two without allowing a base runner. A single and stolen base by Shane Andrews ignited the uprising for the Senators, who lead the Eastern League in hitting and home runs and are second in pitching.

With one out, Alfonzo couldn't handle Edgar Tovar's grounder down the third-base line a line single by Curtis Pride (Silver Spring) tied the game.

Ron Krause followed with an intended sacrifice bunt. Ryan fielded the ball and took a quick look at a possible force at third before throwing late to first, leaving the bases loaded.

"I was going to third, but I couldn't hear where they wanted the ball to go," said Ryan. "The guy could run and I missed him. A split second is all it takes."

Cliff Floyd followed with a shot to the base of the wall in left center for what turned out to be a rarity -- a three-run single.

"He thought it was a home run," said Buford. "He was just trotting to first."

Harrisburg built its lead to 5-3 in the fourth on a bases-loaded walk by Ryan.

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