Obando's 2 homers lead Baysox to 5-3 victory Rehabbing slugger on 10-for-20 roll

June 17, 1993|By Gary Lambrecht | Gary Lambrecht,Staff Writer

The Bowie Baysox have found it difficult to score runs lately. Last night, temporary teammate Sherman Obando showed them how to do it with three swings of the bat.

Obando, a 6-foot-4, 215-pound budding slugger who is nearing the end of a 20-day injury rehabilitation assignment for the Orioles, hit bases-empty home runs in his first two at-bats and drove in another run with a sacrifice fly to lead the Baysox to a 5-3 victory over the Reading Phillies before 1,717 at Memorial Stadium.

The Baysox, who won for only the second time in eight tries, had managed only two runs while splitting their previous two games against Reading. While Bowie starter Rick Krivda (6-3) handcuffed the Phillies with four-hit, shutout ball through seven innings, Obando took offensive matters into his hands.

"I feel pretty good about myself up there. I have to stay in shape and prepare myself physically and mentally," said Obando, who went 3-for-3 with three RBI and will probably be called back by the Orioles next week. "So far, my hamstring is 100 percent better and I'm getting my stroke back."

Last night, Obando, who struggled briefly with Bowie, extended his hitting streak to six games. During that stretch, he is 10-for-20 with three home runs and eight RBI.

Obando led off the second inning by lining the first pitch from Mike Farmer (4-8) over the center-field fence to give the Baysox a 1-0 lead. He topped that with his next trip to the plate in the fourth inning. With one out, Obando pulled a hanging curve deep down the left-field line, a towering shot that landed near the top of the bleachers. That made it 2-0.

Obando just missed a hat trick when he led off the sixth with a drive to left-center that hit the top of the wall, forcing him to settle for a double.

Then, in the seventh, the Baysox produced what would prove to be three critical, insurance runs, and Obando was in the middle of that rally as well. After Farmer allowed a single and two walks to load the bases, Brent Miller delivered a single for his team-high 33rd RBI.

Reading manager Don McCormack then lifted Farmer for relief pitcher Eric Hill. Obando greeted him with a sacrifice fly to deep center field to extend the lead to 4-0. Edgar Alfonzo then singled home Bowie's fifth run.

Krivda grabbed the rest of the spotlight. After allowing three base runners in the first inning -- one on an error by second baseman Jose Millares -- Krivda settled down and frustrated the Phillies with a blend of fastballs and breaking pitches. He scattered four singles, walked three and struck out eight to pull into a tie with Chuck Ricci for the team's lead in victories.

Krivda left the game after walking John Escobar to lead off the eighth, and things got interesting with relief pitcher Jim Dedrick on the mound. Dedrick squelched a threat in the eighth by inducing an inning-ending, double-play grounder. In the ninth, though, Dedrick loaded the bases and allowed back-to-back, RBI-singles by Steve Bieser and Escobar before David Tokheim flied out to end the game.

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