Wild pitch in 7th leaves Baysox in control, 4-3 Win streak at 4 after Indians fall

August 12, 1993|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,Staff Writer

Former big leaguer Calvin Jones uncorked a wild pitch that allowed Brad Tyler to score the winning run last night as the Bowie Baysox nipped the Canton-Akron Indians, 4-3, at Memorial Stadium for their fourth straight victory.

Jones entered in the seventh with Tyler on third base via a double and Edgar Alfonzo's sacrifice.

With T. R. Lewis at the plate, he fired a pitch under catcher Ryan Martindale and Tyler trotted home easily.

A crowd of 5,210 watched Terry Farrar, the Orioles' minor-league pitcher of the month in July, break a personal two-game losing streak with a seven-inning stint.

Newly activated Joe Borowski weathered a two-on jam in the eighth and Rafael Chaves handled the ninth to earn his 19th save, tying for the Eastern League lead.

The Indians' leadoff man, Omar Ramirez, singled to open the ninth and went to second on Chaves' wild pickoff throw. But, after hesitating at second, Ramirez tried for third and was thrown out by Bowie's Dan Ramirez.

"That saved the game," said Bowie manager Don Buford. "Give Dan a lot of credit for hustling to the ball and making a perfect throw."

The next batter, Miguel Flores, also singled against Chaves before he retired the final two hitters routinely.

The game was delayed 20 minutes at the start of the eighth inning by a power failure.

Farrar cruised into the sixth with a 3-0 lead. But after he allowed two consecutive singles, major-leaguer Joel Skinner, here on rehabilitation, hit a three-run homer.

"He got a changeup up and that was the only mistake I saw," said Buford. "Terry pitched an outstanding game."

It was the first series sweep since early June by the Baysox, who remain one game behind Albany in the battle for third place.

Hot-hitting Stanton Cameron supplied the first two Bowie runs with his 19th homer, following an Alfonzo single in the first.

It was his sixth homer in nine games and 24th and 25th RBI in 24 games. Ferretti knocked home the third run in the fourth with a single through the middle against a drawn-in infield.

NOTES: P Erik Schullstrom was designated for assignment yesterday when the Orioles needed a spot on their 40-man roster after Anthony Telford was promoted. Schullstrom will be on waivers until Monday. If he goes unclaimed, the Baysox could re-sign him. Jim Dedrick will pitch in Schullstrom's normal slot in the rotation in the second game of tonight's doubleheader. . . . P Joe Borowski joined the Baysox from Single-A Frederick, where he was 1-1 with 11 saves and a 3.61 ERA. Borowski, who replaced Schullstrom on the roster, had 70 strikeouts in 62 1/3 innings for the Keys. . . . On Sunday, Mike Mussina is scheduled to throw 80 pitches in his second rehab start after drawing the Baysox's largest crowd of the year, 12,460, for his first outing Tuesday night. And Buford will be honored again by the Oriole Advocates for his induction into the club's Hall of Fame. "If we draw 15 or 20,000, I'm going to invoke my attendance clause," Buford said jokingly. "That's one thing I learned about managing from Earl Weaver."


Fans who want to be in the movies can sign up for a chance to become an extra in "Major League 2" when the Baysox hold Family Day at Memorial Stadium on Aug. 21.

The day begins with a baseball card show from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. and will conclude with the showing of the original "Major League" on a 44-foot screen behind second base, starting at dusk.

Some crowd scenes in the sequel may be filmed that day, but the main body of the movie will be shot beginning in mid-September after the Baysox's season ends.

Portions of the movie may also be filmed at Hagerstown's Municipal Stadium.

Family Day will include a raffle for a trip for two to watch the Orioles play in Cleveland on Sept. 20-22 and a silent auction for Orioles and Colts memorabilia.

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