Baysox stop Tigers, 6-1, as Schullstrom rebounds

June 05, 1993|By Gary Lambrecht | Gary Lambrecht,Staff Writer

Erik Schullstrom had some bad memories to erase.

Five weeks ago in his first start of the season, Schullstrom did not survive the second inning, as the Canton-Akron Indians pounded him for eight runs to ignite a 20-4 rout.

A different Schullstrom took the mound last night, and his Bowie Baysox teammates rewarded him in kind. Backed by Schullstrom's six strong innings, the Baysox defeated the London Tigers, 6-1, before 2,174 at Memorial Stadium.

The victory, the fourth straight for Bowie (29-18), kept the Baysox perfect in June (4-0) and improved their outstanding home record to 16-4.

The Baysox, who have hit .340 in their past eight games, had several offensive heroes. Catcher Gregg Zaun, who has hit safely in 20 of his past 23 games, went 3-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored. Brent Miller and Sherman Obando -- on a rehabilitation assignment from the Orioles -- each drove in a run. And T. R. Lewis broke open a 2-1 game in the bottom of the seventh inning, when he turned a hanging slider into a three-run homer off of starting pitcher Jose Lima (2-6).

The rest of the evening belonged to Schullstrom, a 6-foot-5, 220-pound right-hander who was claimed on waivers from the San Diego Padres just before the season. He threw 80 pitches and held London to a run on five singles while striking out four and walking no one.

Schullstrom, a career starter, began the season in the Baysox bullpen, where he had accumulated a 1.59 ERA in 10 appearances. When manager Don Buford called on him to start against Canton-Akron, the results were disastrous.

"It was nothing mechanical. It was all in my head," Schullstrom rTC

said. "I was a little too relaxed, and I left the ball out over the plate too much. It was also my first start in nine months.

"I was anxious to get back out there tonight. It's been frustrating not knowing where I'm going to fit in. But as long as I'm pitching, I don't care if I'm starting or relieving. All I can do is ask for innings."

Chuck Ricci retired nine of 10 batters over the final three innings to record his second save.

After stranding a runner in scoring position in the first two innings against Lima, the Baysox broke through for two runs in the third.

Zaun led off with an infield single off of Lima's glove. Two outs later, Lewis singled to left. Obando then lined an RBI-single to center to score Zaun. Miller followed with an RBI-single to left.

London cut the margin to 2-1 in their next at-bat in unusual fashion. With one out and runners on first and third, Rudy Pemberton grounded to Tyler at second. Mike Rendina stopped midway between first and second, forcing Tyler to throw to first to record the second out. And before Miller tagged Rendina to end the inning, Dave Bautista slid home from third with the run.

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