Krivda breaks hex, lifts Baysox past Indians, 3-0 Earns 1st victory in nearly 2 months

August 10, 1993|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,Staff Writer

The pre-game numbers did not provide much encouragement.

Rick Krivda had gone winless in almost two months and he was facing a Canton-Akron team that had pounded him for 18 hits and 12 runs in 8 2/3 innings during their two previous engagements.

But that was then and this was now. The left-hander defied the figures, shutting out the Indians on five singles for eight innings and leading Bowie to a 3-0 Eastern League victory last night at Memorial Stadium.

Although he ranked fourth among the league's ERA leaders, Krivda had not won since June 16, a 5-3 decision over Reading. He was 0-2 with a 4.05 ERA in the interim and was a victim of poor offensive support.

"I really wasn't concerned about no wins because I was pitching well and getting in my innings," said Krivda. "You can go three or four starts without thinking about it at all. But when you get to eight or nine, you start wondering."

The second-place Indians had runners to third three times against Krivda, twice the result of Bowie errors. A double play ended one, and two strikeouts the other.

"When he gets the ball down and makes good, quality pitches, he's effective," said manager Don Buford. "A guy who doesn't throw hard needs to do that to have a chance. Tonight, he did it consistently."

Krivda generally agreed but said sometimes he would like the challenge of buzzing his fastball by hitters.

"I've only thrown one fastball home run all year," he said. "So I've been more aggressive. I don't think I was throwing enough fastballs earlier."

The dry spell was a new experience for the Orioles' Minor League Pitcher of 1992.

"After last year, with 17 wins, and a 3-0 start, you start questioning when you suddenly hit that kind of dry spell," he said.

The Baysox (58-55) scored twice in the fifth against reliever Nap Robinson on Tim Holland's double, a sacrifice, a swinging bunt by Jason Alstead that scored Holland, Alstead's stolen base and a subsequent wild throw into center field that got him to third, and T. R. Lewis' second single.

In the eighth with two outs, Stanton Cameron powered his 18th homer over the left-center-field fence to provide some breathing room.

Cameron has five homers in the past week and nine in his past 22 games.

Dave Paveloff replaced Krivda for the ninth and retired the side in order with the aid of a good defensive play by Edgar Alfonzo.

NOTES: The Baysox are expecting a crowd in excess of 4,000 tonight, large for a weeknight, when the Orioles' Mike Mussina makes his first start on a rehabilitation assignment. Mussina is scheduled to throw 50 to 60 pitches for Bowie, which also has had Fernando Valenzuela, Mike Devereaux, Harold Baines and Sherman Obando on rehab from the Orioles this season. . . . Another veteran major-leaguer, catcher Joel Skinner, joined Canton-Akron on rehab yesterday. He had shoulder surgery last summer after a brief stay with the Double-A club. . . . Brent Miller returned to the Baysox's lineup last night after missing 16 days with an infected hand. Miller cut the hand on a road trip to #F Binghamton and had to be hospitalized for several days here after it became infected. He surprised everyone when he batted right-handed against lefty Greg McCarthy in the ninth, the first time he has done that since Little League. "That guy drops down on left-handers and I thought I might as well try it," said Miller. "It was OK." He grounded into a force out.

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