Baysox win opener, 2-0, blow lead in nightcap, 6-4

August 08, 1993|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,Staff Writer

Victories are becoming essential now if the Bowie Baysox are to land a spot in the four-team Eastern League playoffs.

Last night before 5,858 fans at Memorial Stadium, Bowie secured one victory, then blew one.

After beating Reading, 2-0, behind a combined six-hitter by Brian DuBois and Chuck Ricci in the opener, the Baysox wasted a three-run lead and dropped the nightcap, 6-4.

The Phillies trailed 4-2 against Erik Schullstrom in the second game before knocking him out in the sixth with a two-on, one-out rally.

Dave Paveloff got the second out before an infield single loaded the bases. Troy Rusk followed with a two-run single and Rob Grable with a two-run double.

Bowie had gone ahead with a four-run fourth that included two infield singles, a bad-hop single, a hit batter, a walk and an RBI grounder.

Closer Ricky Bottalico snuffed out a Baysox uprising in the sixth and went on to retire five of six to save the win for Greg Brown.

The fourth-place Baysox (56-55), who had dropped seven of nine and 13 of 19 entering the night, couldn't have been pleased with the outcome.

Former major-leaguer DuBois shut down Reading on four singles for five innings in the opener, Ricci weathered the only real jam after a 1-hour, 2-minute rain delay, and DuBois won his fifth straight game.

The Phillies put only two men into scoring position against DuBois, both times with two out.

But with one out in the sixth and Ricci on, Grable singled and Tom Nuneviller walked. Jason Moler struck out before Phil Geisler hit a line shot to center for a single.

But the hit merely loaded the bases as Reading played it #F conservatively. Ricci then got Ron Lockett to hit into an inning-ending force out.

Reading starter and loser Craig Holman walked the first two hitters in the third and Bowie cashed in with the only runs of the game.

T. R. Lewis singled home the first on a run-and-hit play, the ball shooting through the spot the second baseman had vacated to cover the bag.

Stanton Cameron bounced into a double play before Jim Wawruck -- a designated hitter because of sore legs -- doubled down the right-field line to score Tyler.

DuBois was the victor in the only two games the Baysox won during their last homestand.

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