Farrar relies on luck, as Baysox top Phils, 4-1

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

There is some truth to the axiom that it is sometimes better to be lucky than good, as Bowie Baysox pitcher Terry Farrar demonstrated last night.

Farrar wasn't exactly good against the Reading Phillies at Memorial Stadium, finding himself in the middle of two bases-loaded jams in his five innings of work. But he was lucky and resourceful enough to get out of trouble and to pace the Baysox to a 4-1 win over the Phillies in the first game of a doubleheader.

Farrar (1-1) pitched only two innings in which a runner did not reach base, yet he did not surrender a run until the fifth.

Reliever Jim Dedrick pitched the sixth and seventh innings to earn his first save of the season and to extend his Eastern League-leading streak of innings without allowing an earned run to 13.

Jeffrey Hammonds provided all the offense Farrar would need with a booming home run to left-center in the first and a sacrifice fly to center in the third.

In addition, Hammonds, who has been torrid during the first month of the season (.345, three homers), narrowly missed his fourth home run in the fifth, when his drive to left was hauled in by Reading's Jeff Jackson against the wall.

In the third, Bowie catcher Jimmy Roso and left fielder Kyle Washington, who is hitting .333 in home games, led off the inning with singles. Both players came in to score, Roso on a balk by Mike Farmer and Washington on Hammonds' sacrifice.

Meanwhile, Farrar, who retired 20 straight batters in eight innings in the Baysox's 2-1 win over Binghamton last week, was working his way into and out of difficulty.

In the second, the Phillies loaded the bases with two out, but Farrar got shortstop Keith Kimberlin to line out to short.

Farrar lost his shutout in the fifth, filling the bases with no one out on two singles and a walk, but got out of the jam by allowing only one run.

Outfielder Chito Martinez, sent to the Double-A club from the Orioles on Monday, made an inauspicious debut, going hitless in three plate appearances, but scoring a run.

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