Baysox end 5-game skid with 2-0 win Schullstrom works out of jams

June 15, 1993|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,Staff Writer

Erik Schullstrom spent most of last night in hot water, but he avoided an early trip to the showers.

And the Bowie Baysox averted another loss.

The tall right-hander put runners on base in each of the first eight innings, but didn't cave in, as the Baysox ended a five-game losing streak by downing the Reading Phillies, 2-0, before 2,072 at Memorial Stadium.

Sherman Obando provided the game's only runs with a homer and sacrifice fly. Schullstrom, meanwhile, provided plenty of anxious moments.

He allowed a one-out single to Keith Kimberlin in the first inning, but Ron Lockett grounded into a 5-4-3 double play.

In the second inning, singles by Gene Schall and Carlo Colombino put runners on the corners with one out. Jeff Jackson struck out swinging, and Colombino got caught in a rundown between first and second.

Catcher Cesar Devarez threw to shortstop Sam Ferretti, who ran Colombino back to first before firing home, where Devarez tagged out Schall trying to score.

By then, Schullstrom had thrown 29 pitches, and the Reading hitters weren't being cheated. Who could have known that he would last eight shutout innings?

"I thought I threw real well," he said. "None of their hits were rockets by any means. There were a couple grounders that got through. Fortunately, I was around the plate, and got some great defensive plays behind me."

Reading's Mica Lewis singled with one out in the third, but Schullstrom struck out the next two batters. The Phillies collected two more hits in the fourth, but Schullstrom again wiggled off the hook, this time with a double-play grounder and a strikeout.

He was rewarded in the bottom half of the inning, when Obando lined a two-out home run into the left-field bleachers. It was the first time that Obando had gone deep since the Orioles sent him to Bowie on an injury rehabilitation assignment.

Bowie loaded the bases in the sixth, and Obando hit a long fly ball to right that scored Brad Tyler.

The muscular outfielder was batting .242 (8-for-33) with one extra-base hit in 10 games, but he went 3-for-4 against Harrisburg on Sunday and appears more comfortable at the plate.

"He's worked hard getting himself back and ready to go, hitting the pitches that he should be hitting and getting his base hits," said manager Don Buford. "I think he's ready to go back [to the Orioles], or close to being ready. He was just out of sync. It took a little time, a little extra batting practice, a little discussion about what he was doing."

Obando said he is ready "right now" to return to the Orioles, and he pronounced his left hamstring "100 percent."

"Right now, my mind is focused on one thing, staying in shape and waiting for a phone call saying, 'Hey, we need you up here,' " he said.

"It's a lot different here than in the big leagues -- the pitch selection and the umpires. You have to start all over again. But things are working well for me now."

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