NL romps, 12-7, in AA All-Star Game

July 13, 1993|By Ron Higgins | Ron Higgins,Special to The Sun

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Juan Castro's two-run homer in the seventh inning launched a 12-7 victory for the National League over the Don Buford-managed American League in the Double-A All-Star Game before 6,335 fans at Tim McCarver Stadium yesterday.

Bowie Baysox pitchers Rick Krivda and Rafael Chaves saw action. Krivda started and allowed two hits and two runs in the opening two innings. Chaves faced and retired three batters in the eighth and ninth innings.

The homer beyond left field by San Antonio's Castro broke open a 6-4 game that had been tied through four innings.

Three Most Valuable Players were selected, but the most impressive was Wichita's Dwayne Hosey of the Texas League.

Hosey was 3-for-4 with a two-run homer and a run-scoring triple. He also had a single, a walk, three runs scored and a stolen base.

Because Nashville's Oscar Munoz, the AL's scheduled starter, had pitched Sunday, Krivda was a last-minute starter. The left-hander, who was named the Orioles' best minor-league pitcher last season, has started 17 games for Bowie. For Buford, Krivda (6-3, 3.26 ERA) was the logical choice.

But Krivda responded by making two mistakes in the top of the first inning. He allowed a 2-1 single to leadoff hitter Brian Hunter of the Jackson (Miss.) Generals, then watched left fielder Hosey park a 1-1 pitch over the left-center-field wall for a two-run homer.

Then Krivda settled down. He retired six of the next seven and struck out two. He was the beneficiary of the AL's four-run second inning that was keyed by a two-run throwing error by NL catcher Tyler Houston of the Greenville Braves.

Krivda would have been the winning pitcher, but the AL couldn't hold its 4-2 lead after two innings. By the time Chaves, Bowie's closer, entered the game with two out in the eighth, the American League was trailing, 12-5.

The victory helped NBC announcer Bob Costas, the celebrity manager of the National League, win a bet against American League celebrity manager Larry King. Costas will write King's USA Today column for a week. Costas was good-naturedly ejected from the game in the eighth inning by first-base umpire Scott Simonides.

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