Maybe a light finally went off in Rick Krivda's head. Or maybe it was because the London Tigers were in town.
Whatever the reason, Krivda pitched 8 1/3 innings, allowing no earned runs and five hits, in the Bowie Baysox's 11-inning, 2-1 loss to the Tigers last night before 6,771 at Memorial Stadium.
Dan Bautista singled home Kirk Mendenhall with the winning run with one out in the top of the 11th. Bowie reliever Jim Dedrick (7-3) absorbed the loss.
Although not involved in the decision, Krivda is 3-0 against London and has allowed only five earned runs in 27 innings. After a 6-3 start this season, Krivda was 0-2 in his next six assignments, giving up 30 hits and 19 runs in 32 1/3 innings.
"He has not yet said to himself, I have to pitch down in the strike zone to be successful," pitching coach John O'Donoghue said before the game. "From high school up until last year he could pitch up and still do well." Krivda, a 23-year-old left-hander from McKeesport, Pa., was 24-7 in his first two pro seasons.
"From here on, if he's not throwing 90 [mph], he can't pitch high. Until he releases his mind, he'll have problems. You never know when the light bulb will go on."
Maybe it did last night. Krivda spun six scoreless innings before giving up an unearned run in the seventh on Mike Redina's double, center fielder Kyle Washington's error and a sacrifice fly.
O'Donoghue called it Krivda's best game of the season. Krivda said the difference was "like day and night."
"He kept the ball down the whole game," O'Donoghue said. "He truly pitched, from beginning to end. His changeup was outstanding."
Said Krivda: "John knew I could do it, and I knew I could, because I had done it before. It was a matter of concentration. [Catcher] Gregg Zaun getting down so low helped me keep it low."
The Baysox took a 1-0 lead in the third inning on singles by Sam Ferretti and Jason Alstead, a wild pitch and an interference call.