Baysox lose lead, but not game

April 26, 1993|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,Staff Writer

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Nothing came easily for the Bowie Baysox all weekend, but a large dose of perseverance enabled them to salvage a consolation prize.

After squandering a three-run lead in the eighth inning yesterday, the Baysox shoved home the tying and winning runs on a wild pitch and a sacrifice fly and edged Harrisburg, 6-5, in the 10-inning finale of a three-game series at RiverSide Stadium.

A crowd of 4,041 watching in near-perfect weather was thinking sweep when the Senators teed off on reliever Tommy Taylor with a four-run splurge to capture a 5-4 lead entering the ninth.

Taylor was trying to protect the lead for Baysox starter Jason Satre, who allowed a first-inning homer to Rondell White, then settled down to pitch brilliantly.

Satre retired 10 men in a row at one point and 16 of the last 18 he faced. But manager Don Buford retired him after 112 pitches and went to Taylor, who was rusty.

"I hadn't pitched in five days, and I wasn't getting my curve over the plate," said Taylor, a co-closer in Buford's bullpen scheme.

Harrisburg (10-3) tagged Taylor for four hits, including a two-run double by Ron Krause and a two-run triple by Shane Andrews after Buford ordered an intentional walk to hot-hitting Cliff Floyd to put the potential winning run on base.

The inning could have gotten worse, but Andrews was tagged out by Gregg Zaun on a botched squeeze play and Taylor struck out Rob Fitzpatrick.

In the ninth, the Baysox (10-5) tied it against Yorkis Perez and Archie Corbin with a leadoff walk to Brad Tyler, an error by Andrews (the fifth of the game by the Senators), an advancing fly ball by T. R. Lewis and Corbin's wild pitch with Jeffrey Hammonds batting.

In the 10th, another leadoff walk -- to Stanton Cameron -- an opposite-field single by Edgar Alfonzo and Zaun's shallow sacrifice fly to center finished the job.

Taylor retired the Senators in the ninth and Rafael Chaves pitched a 1-2-3 10th with the last out a fly ball to the warning track by Floyd.

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