Tyler adds bat to 6-0 Baysox win BASEBALL

June 07, 1993|By Brian Fishman | Brian Fishman,Staff Writer

Brad Tyler broke out of a slump with three hits, helping the Bowie Baysox to a 6-0 victory over the London Tigers yesterday before 7,423 at Memorial Stadium.

Plenty of offense -- seven players had hits and T. R. Lewis and Brent Miller homered yesterday -- has become common for the Baysox, who entered the game hitting .339 in their past nine games and leading the Eastern League in team batting. But until yesterday, Tyler hadn't been part of the hitting run.

"For me, I'm not worried about getting three hits every game," said Tyler, who ended a 2-for-17 dry spell in the leadoff role. "It's my job to get on any way that I can. I pride myself on having a good eye at the plate. That enables me to get walks and get on base. There's no pressure with being the leadoff hitter. Other than the first inning, there are very few times that I lead off the inning."

During his six-game slump, Tyler still helped the Baysox by walking six times and scoring four runs. And Tyler said he was determined simply to maintain his confidence.

"I've tried not to pressure myself," he said. "If I can just stay relaxed at the plate, then I should be able to contribute. The main thing is to be consistent."

Said manager Don Buford: "I still have a lot of faith in him. Otherwise, he wouldn't be playing."

In his first at-bat, Tyler blooped a single into short left field. In the second inning, he doubled home the Baysox's second run. Two innings later, Tyler hit a line drive into the right-field corner. Instead of settling into second base with another double, Tyler challenged Rudy Pemberton's throwing accuracy and reached third easily.

"Usually on a hit to right field, I will look over to the third-base coach because the play is behind me," said Tyler. "I just glanced into the outfield and saw that he [Pemberton] picked it up as I was rounding second. It was going to take a strong throw to get me, so I tried to get the extra base. It was just instinct."

Tyler scored on Lewis' two-run homer to left field. That made the score 4-0, and two batters later, Miller hit another two-run shot.

Baysox starter Rick Krivda (5-2) went 6 2/3 innings, striking out two and allowing six hits and four walks.

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