Baysox, Ryan top Indians, 5-3

April 30, 1993|By Paul McMullen | Paul McMullen,Staff Writer

Kevin Ryan got by on his fastball back in Oklahoma City.

The heat was also his savior at Seminole (Okla.) Junior College, but last year, his first full year in pro ball, he discovered that wasn't enough.

Ryan, a 22-year-old right-hander, notched his first win of the season for the Bowie Baysox last night at Memorial Stadium, pitching into the eighth inning of a 5-3 victory over the Canton-Akron Indians.

Albie Lopez, the starter for the Cleveland Indians' affiliate, came in as the Eastern League Pitcher of the Week thanks to a two-hitter in his previous outing. Ryan entered with an 0-2 record and a 6.43 ERA.

"I threw mostly fastballs in my other starts," Ryan said. "I used to beable to get away with that, but that doesn't work here. I need to use the curve and changeup more. It's just a matter of learning how to pitch."

Ryan gave up six hits in the first seven innings and was in control when he wasn't facing designated hitter Tracy Sanders, who came in with a .146 average. Sanders led off the second with a triple off the fence in right and was singled home two batters later. He also doubled in the fourth and singled in the sixth.

Lopez had given up just five runs in three starts, but the .249-hitting Baysox reached him for three runs in the fourth, including DH Brent Miller's one-out homer.

Jeffrey Hammonds' speed supplied another run in the fifth. Hammonds singled, stole second and raced home thanks to a throwing error by the catcher and a fielding error by the center fielder.

Stanton Cameron suffered a mild concussion in the eighth inning, when he was hit on the batting helmet by Indians reliever Chad Allen. The game was delayed for 20 minutes while Cameron was administered to, and he was taken to Union Memorial Hospital for observation.

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