Baysox lose, 4-3, in 13 after beating Phillies, 4-1

April 28, 1993|By Milton Kent | Milton Kent,Staff Writer

The Bowie Baysox promised their fans 14 innings of baseball in a doubleheader with the Reading Phillies yesterday at Memorial Stadium, but they nearly gave them that many in the second game alone, losing, 4-3, in 13 innings.

If the matter had been left to the pitchers, the Baysox, winners in the first game, 4-1, would have had a Double-A Eastern League sweep. But nine Bowie runners were stranded in the second game, including three in the 11th inning, and the tired pitchers could no longer hold off Reading.

"The pitching was excellent," said Baysox manager Don Buford. "We have young starters who are in that developmental stage. They're not seasoned yet, but they're keeping us in games."

Reliever Erik Schullstrom, who had not allowed a run in three previous appearances, took the loss as Reading left fielder Jeff Jackson singled in center fielder Pat Brady, who had led off the 13th with a single to right.

The Baysox squandered a terrific chance in the 11th.

Right fielder Stanton Cameron led off the inning with a single to left, and moved to third on first baseman Brent Miller's single to right-center. Designated hitter T. R. Lewis then grounded sharply to short, but the ball could not get through the drawn-in infield. The Phillies then walked third baseman Edgar Alfonzo to pitch to shortstop Tim Holland.

Holland worked the count full, and then, in what can certainly be classified as daring managing, Buford called for the suicide squeeze.

Reliever Scott Wiegandt threw what appeared to be ball four, but Holland popped the bunt attempt foul for a strikeout. Catcher Greg Zaun flied to left to end the inning.

"If he throws a strike, that bunt is in a perfect spot. If it's a ball four,that's good too. Either way, the game's over," said Buford.

In the course of the long night's journey, Baysox closer Rafael Chaves blew his first save in six chances when he couldn't get out of a second straight bases-loaded, none-out jam in the seventh.

Needing just three outs to preserve a 3-1 win, Chaves, who had not been scored on in his first nine innings, surrendered the tying runs on a single to center by designated hitter Gene Schall.

In the first game, starter Terry Farrar worked with the bases loaded twice in five innings, but surrendered only one run to earn his first win of the season.

Farrar induced three double plays to help his cause, then turned things over to reliever Jim Dedrick, who shut down the Phillies in the final two innings for his first save.

Jeffrey Hammonds hit a booming homer to left-center and a sacrifice fly to center.

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