Indians tag Schullstrom, deal Baysox 7-4 defeat

June 20, 1993|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,Staff Writer

The Canton-Akron Indians have been trouble for a lot of Eastern League pitchers this season, but none more so than Erik Schullstrom.

Schullstrom was aiming for some payback last night. Instead, the Eastern League team's batting leader piled on some more indignity, rolling to a 7-4 victory over the Bowie Baysox at Memorial Stadium.

The Baysox drew their largest crowd of the season, 9,892, and responded by treating the fans to three home runs, bases-empty shots by Stanton Cameron and Brad Tyler and a two-run blast by Tim Holland.

But they couldn't avoid losing another game in the standings to Canton-Akron, which pieced together a hunt-and-peck offense and scored all its runs with two out.

Bowie's lead over the Indians (35-31) in the battle for second place was sliced to a half-game.

"We're just in one of those little stupors right now," manager Don Buford said. "I think we'll come out of it soon. We'll have everybody back in maybe three days except for [catcher Gregg] Zaun."

Schullstrom (4-4) was cooked by the sixth inning when Canton-Akron filled the bases on two singles and a walk around two foul-outs and went on to score four times.

Rouglas Odor singled to left to knock home two and Omar Ramirez followed with a triple off the wall in the left-field corner to build the lead to 7-1 for starter Albie Lopez.

Ramirez's hit drove out Schullstrom and Dave Paveloff and Rafael Chaves pitched well for the next 3 1/3 innings while Bowie tried vainly to overcome the deficit.

Schullstrom's ERA against Canton-Akron is 10.98, an improvement over the 16.20 with which he entered the game. Against the rest of the league, he is at 0.99.

"It's not like I'm intimidated by them," Schullstrom said. "They're not exactly pounding the ball all the time. I just made some dumb mistakes, and I've got to be smarter than that. I'm just upset about some of the things I did out there."

The game started 50 minutes late after a shower passed through the area and cooled the game-time temperature to 84 degrees.

Schullstrom was making his second start against the team that dealt him and the Baysox their most lopsided defeat of the season May 1. The Indians combed Schullstrom for eight runs and seven hits in one-plus inning and went on to win, 20-4.

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