Baysox-Mets game halted in 5th 8-8 tie to be resumed tonight at 6:05

June 09, 1993|By Gary Lambrecht | Gary Lambrecht,Staff Writer

Thunder and lightning showed up in abundance at Memorial Stadium last night, and some of it was not weather-related.

Before a violent thunderstorm halted the game between the Bowie Baysox and the Binghamton Mets in the top of the fifth inning, the teams played to an 8-8 tie and combined for 18 hits.

The game will be resumed tonight at 6:05, with Binghamton batting and no one out with Frank Jacobs on first. The regularly scheduled game will follow, and it will be a seven-inning contest.

Last night's offensive show included three home runs and five doubles, and it left Baysox starter Jose Mercedes searching for his first victory of the season.

The Baysox had a chance to sneak away with an official victory as thunderstorms moved in at the start of the fifth inning. After Mercedes had surrendered six runs to blow a 3-0 lead in the top of the third, Bowie rallied for five runs in the fourth, its biggest inning of the season.

Stanton Cameron started the inning with a leadoff homer off of Mets starter Randy Marshall. Jose Millares fueled the rally with a two-run double, and Sherman Obandon capped it with a sacrifice fly to give Bowie an 8-6 lead.

Mercedes began the fifth by walking Bert Hunter. He then induced Ricky Otero to send a double-play grounder to shortstop Tim Holland, but the ball rolled under his glove and into left field. Hunter advanced to third, while Otero took second. Jacobs then rolled a ground ball under Millares' glove at second base, allowing both runs to score and tie the game at eight.

Immediately after the Baysox had committed back-to-back errors for the first time this year, heavy rain began to fall.

"We should have won this game. It was an easy ground ball, and the guy [Hunter] was stealing," Holland said. "I tried to flip the ball to Jose before I had it, and I screwed it up. Then, Jose makes an error and now we're tied."

The evening started on an encouraging note for Bowie. In their first at-bat, the Baysox showed why Marshall entered the game with a 7.18 ERA and why the Eastern League was hitting .355 against him.

With one out, Millares and T.R. Lewis singled. One out later, Edgar Alfonzo, after fouling off seven, two-strike pitches, singled home Millares to make it 1-0. Cameron followed with a two-run double to give Bowie a 3-0 lead.

Mercedes cruised through the next inning, but ran into trouble in the third. He gave up three straight hits to start the inning, as Binghamton cut the lead to 3-1. Then, after getting two outs and working to an 0-2 count on Jacobs, he surrendered an RBI-single to Jacobs. Butch Huskey followed that with his 10th home run, a three-run shot into the left-field bleachers. Alan Zinter followed with a homer to give the Mets a 6-3 lead.

The lead didn't last long. Cameron, who has a home run, two doubles and two walks in five plate appearances against Marshall this season, started the rally with a towering home run to right, his fifth of the season.

Chuck Ricci (5-1, 1.80) will start the fifth inning for the Baysox tonight.

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