Bowie ties it in 9th, falls in 10th, 6-5 Washington HR goes to waste

August 05, 1993|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,Staff Writer

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- They don't come much more heartbreaking than this one.

The Bowie Baysox had nine lives last night at RiverSide Park, but couldn't survive the 10th and dropped a 6-5 thriller to the Eastern League-leading Harrisburg Senators before 4,627 fans.

Bowie (55-53) was twice down to its final strike before tying the game in the ninth, then went ahead 5-3 on Kyle Washington's two-run homer against Rafael Diaz in the 10th.

But in the bottom half, Rafael Chaves (second in the league with 17 saves) couldn't hold it for Tommy Taylor, whose scoreless 3 1/3 relief innings were vital for Bowie.

"Unfortunately, Rafael just didn't have it. He got behind in the counts and had to come to them," said manager Don Buford.

"There's not much you can say. Errors and walks kill you in this game and they hurt us tonight. But our players deserve a lot of compliments for fighting back again and again."

After Taylor walked Rob Fitzpatrick, manager Don Buford went to Chaves and Oreste Marrero responded by tying the game with a two-run shot over the right-field wall, the fifth homer of the game.

Mike Hardge then singled to center and stole second after getting a big jump against Chaves. Chris Martin followed with a game-winning single to center.

The result halted a three-game Baysox winning streak against Harrisburg, now 18-7 in one-run games.

The Baysox were twice down to their final strike in the ninth inning, but Jimmy Roso delivered an opposite-field double on an 0-2 count and Cesar Devarez followed with a looping single to center on 0-2.

Pinch runner Dan Ramirez scored the tying run against Senators reliever Joe Ausanio, who blew the save and nearly the game. He walked Jason Alstead before T. R. Lewis smoked a line drive into left field. Tyrone Horne made a diving catch to end the threat.

Alstead hit his second homer off Miguel Batista to give Bowie a 1-0 lead in the fifth, but the Senators responded quickly with Glenn Murray's 20th homer, a two-run shot against Rick Krivda, who walked Horne on a 3-2 pitch with two out to set up Murray.

Harrisburg extended its lead to 3-1 in the seventh. Krivda was pulled after allowing a single to Chris Martin and a walk to Horne. Taylor struck out Murray and got Tyrone Woods to hit a perfect double-play grounder. But Tim Holland booted the ball for his 32nd error of the season and Martin raced home. Taylor then retired the next two hitters with the help of a good defensive play by Edgar Alfonzo.

The Baysox pulled to within one with two out in the top of the eighth when Stanton Cameron hit his third homer in two days.

Bowie faced right-hander Batista with only one left-handed hitter, Alstead. Brent Miller is on the disabled list and Brad Tyler and Jim Wawruck are nursing injuries.

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