Senators throw Baysox for 5-0 loss on 5-hitter

August 06, 1993|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,Staff Writer

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- The horses just keep coming to the Harrisburg Senators.

Harrisburg's original pitching rotation has been stripped almost completely by promotions, but the Montreal Expos obviously have no shortage of talent in their system.

Last night at RiverSide Stadium, left-hander Brian Looney was the latest hard thrower introduced to the Bowie Baysox, who were humbled by his five-hitter and lost, 6-0, before 5,414 fans.

The late-inning drama of the first two games of the series never surfaced.

The Baysox won a thrilling opener, 10-9, on a night when Stanton Cameron knocked in seven runs, including the game-winner with his second two-run homer of the game in the ninth.

Harrisburg (73-34) had the final touch of offensive magic the second game, scoring three times in the bottom of the 10th for a 6-5 victory after the Baysox had gone ahead with two in the top half.

By contrast, the rubber game was strictly routine after the Senators clubbed Terry Farrar for consecutive home runs by Tyrone Woods and Matt Rundels to take a 4-0 lead in the fourth inning.

"Farrar got the ball up and out belt high and neither of our left-handers [starters] can do that and be effective," said manager Don Buford. "He knew he made the mistakes.

"But he has had six straight good outings and you can't expect young guys to do more than that."

Farrar has been the most effective Bowie pitcher for more than a month, reeling off a five-game winning streak before losing a 3-2 decision in his previous outing.

But he was no match for Looney, who equaled his season high for strikeouts with 13, giving him 35 in his past four starts.

Looney started the season at Single-A West Palm Beach where he was a modest 4-6 with a 3.14 ERA, but struck out 109 in 106 innings.

The Baysox, with a makeshift lineup missing three of their top hitters, had only four runners in scoring position, three with less than two out, and mustered one extra-base hit, a two-out double by Sam Ferretti.

NOTES: Buford will miss Saturday night's game at Memorial Stadium to be at Camden Yards for his induction into the Orioles Hall of Fame. In his absence, coaches Joe Durham and John O'Donoghue will share managerial duties. . . . Edgar Alfonzo has changed his number from 13 to seven. "This is what I've always had," said Alfonzo. "But earlier in the year seven belonged to Jeffrey Hammonds." No further explanation is necessary.

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