The Orioles used to claim Memorial Stadium was a magical place, full of miraculous ninth-inning rallies.
It's just possible that the parent club left some magic for the Bowie Baysox, who needed all of the mysticism they could get to beat the Harrisburg Senators, 7-6, last night before 1,170.
By Bowie manager Don Buford's reckoning, the ninth inning comeback -- the second of the season over Harrisburg -- had nothing to do with magic, but rather some sort of payback.
"Basically, the errors that we committed earlier gave them two runs. Maybe we just got retribution," said Buford.
Whatever the rationale, the Baysox (16-8) scored four runs to claim the win, stop Harrisburg's four game win streak and move themselves within 1 1/2 games of the first-place Senators in the Eastern League.
The Senators (16-5) appeared to have the issue decided when center fielder Rondell White hit a three-run homer to left in the eighth to chase starter Kevin Ryan, who had allowed Harrisburg just two hits in the first seven innings.
But Harrisburg reliever Archie Corbin gave the crowd one final thrill in the bottom of the ninth when he walked the first two batters, center fielder Kyle Washington and shortstop Steve Holland, and surrendered a run-scoring single to catcher Gregg Zaun.
"Zaun did an excellent job hitting 3-2. He laid off some tough pitches that were down to get a hit," said Buford.
Corbin gave way to Mario Brito, who promptly walked second baseman Brad Tyler. Left fielder Jim Wawruck then singled to center, scoring Holland and Zaun with the tying runs.
Third baseman Edgar Alfonzo struck out and first baseman Brent Miller was intentionally walked, loading the bases and placing right fielder Stanton Cameron in position to be a hero.
Cameron grounded to third baseman Shane Andrews, who threw home to force Tyler, but catcher Rob Fitzpatrick's relay throw to first skipped off the leg of first baseman Cliff Floyd, sending Wawruck to the plate with the winning run on the throwing error.
Reliever Tommy Taylor (2-0), who came in for Ryan in the eighth, got the win. Brito (1-1) took the loss.