Baysox use 18-hit attack to defeat Indians, 10-6

May 01, 1993|By Gary Lambrecht | Gary Lambrecht,Staff Writer

The Bowie Baysox have relied mostly on fine pitching to keep them near the top of the Eastern League standings this spring.

The Baysox, who entered last night's game hitting a mediocre .250 and had yet to score more than six runs, finally broke out the heavy lumber. They collected 18 hits, including three home runs -- both season highs -- and pounded their way to a 10-6 victory against the Canton-Akron Indians before 2,083 at Memorial Stadium.

The Baysox (14-6) picked a good night to produce some offensive firepower. After tagging Canton starter Colin Charland for two homers and nine hits to take a seemingly comfortable 7-1 lead after two innings, Bowie watched the Indians break through against Baysox starter Jason Satre.

Satre, who entered the game with a 1.11 ERA, had cruised through the first three innings without surrendering a hit.

But Canton first baseman Herbert Perry cut the lead to 7-3 an inning later with a two-run homer. Two innings later, the Indians crept within a run on catcher Ryan Martindale's two-out, three-run homer.

The Baysox put the game out of reach with a three-run rally in the eighth. First baseman Brent Miller capped the rally with a one-out, three-run homer off of Canton reliever Eric Stone. That preserved Satre's third victory.

"I was trying to hit the ball deep enough to get the man [Jim Wawruck] in from third," said Miller, who led the Baysox with a 3-for-5, five-RBI performance. "I didn't think it was out when I hit it. It was important for us to get that insurance. Everybody on this team can hit the ball."

Few have hit the ball as well as Miller. Despite missing four games with a pulled leg muscle, he leads the Baysox with a .363 average, five homers and is tied for the team lead in RBI (10).

Miller had plenty of company last night.

Designated hitter T. R. Lewis went 3-for-5 with four RBI. His three-run shot in the first staked the Baysox to a 4-1 lead. Catcher Gregg Zaun went 2-for-3 and hit his first home run, a bases-empty blast in the second inning. Seven Baysox hitters had at least two hits.

Chuck Ricci pitched two-hit, shutout ball over the final two innings to record his first save. In 14 innings, Ricci has yet to give up a run.

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